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Introducing the Cardio Report: A Publication for Heart Specialists by Heart Specialists

Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular InstituteGreetings from Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute! I am pleased to share with you our inaugural issue of the Cardio Report. Our Institute comprises more than forty specialists in general cardiology, electrophysiology, congenital heart disease, interventional services, cardiothoracic surgery, heart failure, vascular surgery, and mechanical circulatory support. We are excited to share with you, our peers, the ways Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute is moving the field forward.

Our team is dedicated to better understanding and treating congestive heart failure, as we focus on our core mission to care for patients with impaired heart and blood vessels. Our collaborative approach to patient care includes cardiologists, surgeons, and interventional radiologists meeting weekly to streamline, standardize, and improve patient care. At Penn State Hershey, we treat patients with the most severe heart and vascular conditions and offer a multi-disciplinary approach to care, which makes the Institute unique.

Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute is recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) with the Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus award for heart failure treatment. The Joint Commission has also granted advanced certification for the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program, and recognized the heart failure program, including heart transplantation. Continue reading

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Heart and Vascular Institute Outpaces National Rate of Transradial versus Transfemoral Artery Catheterization for PCI

Wrist prepped for transradial artery catheterization for PCI.

Wrist prepped for transradial artery catheterization for PCI.

Transradial artery (TRA) access for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) versus transfemoral artery access, is a relatively recent development in medicine, with femoral access often the default for many interventional cardiologists since balloon angioplasties were first performed.1

Ongoing data supports that TRA PCI involves less bleeding risk, a reduced rate of vascular complications, lower costs, and greatly improved patient comfort.1

One study of more than 250 patients demonstrated that forearm access is safer than using the femoral vessels.2 However, the United States has lagged behind Europe, Asia, and other developed regions in the adoption of TRA procedures.1 China uses the technique about 80 percent of the time, and the European Society of Cardiology has recently recommended a “radial first” approach.1 According to Ian Gilchrist, M.D., professor of medicine, Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute, the United States currently averages a 30 percent rate of TRA coronary intervention procedures per year.

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