Angioplasty at Kent Hospital
Care New England’s Kent Hospital provides both elective and emergency coronary angioplasty for its patients. The service includes 24/7 lifesaving emergency angioplasty for patients undergoing a heart attack due to ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI).
During such emergencies, minutes can make the difference between living or dying, a full recovery or permanent disability. Those who live in and around the Kent Hospital service can now access this lifesaving procedure much more quickly as Kent is directly accessible for those coming from points south of Warwick or other nearby communities. Minimizing transport time helps us to also minimize “door-to-balloon” time and with that comes improved outcomes. All angioplasty procedures are performed in our brand new, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab.
What is a STEMI?
STEMI, or ST elevated, myocardial infarction, is a very serious heart attack where one of the heart’s major arteries is blocked, and is often associated with symptoms such as chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, sweatiness, palpitations, or intense anxiety. Unfortunately, these symptoms are often overlooked resulting in a medical emergency. Interventional cardiologists currently perform STEMI-emergency angioplasty procedures with the assistance of an expert team of highly trained nurses, technicians, and other clinical support staff. Each member of this team has participated in additional and intensive training both locally at Kent and at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a clinical affiliate with Care New England. The STEMI team is on call 24/7 and always nearby.
What is Coronary Angioplasty?
During coronary angioplasty, also referred to as PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention), the cardiac interventionalist opens a blocked coronary artery by inflating a balloon and stent in the blocked artery. It is often used for patients suffering from a sudden heart attack, but is also an effective procedure for relieving symptoms among more stable patients who experience chest discomfort or angina due to coronary artery disease. With the addition of angioplasty capabilities at Kent Hospital, there are now four hospitals in the state (two in Providence and one in Woonsocket) offering coronary angioplasty.
Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England
Kent Hospital’s affiliation with Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston began in 2009. Due to a strong focus on educating a multidisciplinary team of caregivers in evidence-based protocols, oversight of important procedures and tests, such as cardiac catheterization, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology, local patients have benefited tremendously.
With the addition of the angioplasty program, Care New England Cardiovascular Care provides clinical expertise and treatment from basic cardiac health to all but the most complex. With access to cardiologists across the state, patients are presented with options on where to receive the most convenient care including Kent Hospital, the Women's Heart Health of Women & Infants located downtown Providence, and offices located in Garden City. The cardiovascular service offers a full range of testing and evaluative services as well as advanced services for issues such as cardiac arrhythmia, advanced valvular heart disease and heart failure.