Reducing invasive surgeries and their consequential recuperation time and length of stay improves patient outcomes while decreasing healthcare costs for patients and providers. Mather Hospital took a leap toward enhancing its cardiac care services by opening its Cardiac Catheterization Lab following final approval by the New York State Department of Health.
The Cath Lab, as it is commonly known, will allow the facility to enhance the region’s cardiac services by performing minimally invasive tests and procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. Mather Hospital patients were previously transferred to other facilities to have these services performed but can now receive them close to home. The Cath Lab is headed by Luis Gruberg, MD, interventional cardiologist and professor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.
Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic procedure used to visualize the arteries and chambers of the heart and treat any narrowing of blood vessels (stenosis) or other abnormality. Once surgeons identify a blocked artery, they open it to restore blood flow to the heart and in that way prevent muscle damage. The electrophysiology lab — currently being built — will be used to assess and repair the heart's electrical system and diagnose abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmia).
For those who require more advanced procedures, Northwell’s SkyHealth helicopter can quickly transport them to any facility in the northeast, including the advanced heart program at South Shore University Hospital.
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