Southcoast currently performs more cardiac catheterizations than any community hospital system in Massachusetts, with approximately 60 percent of patients being referred for advanced treatment such as coronary artery bypass or angioplasty.
Our angioplasty program has allowed Southcoast Hospitals to bring advanced heart care to where it is needed most — to the sickest heart patients who may not have survived without this advanced care available right in their own community.
Specially trained cardiologists perform the angioplasties in our advanced cardiac catheterization labs.
A catheter is guided to the vessel blockage and the balloon is gently inflated, opening the block age and restoring blood flow to the heart.
A stent — which resembles a tiny, flexible scaffold — is often left in place to keep the vessel from closing again.
Our Charlton and St. Luke's sites were part of a pioneering study with Johns Hopkins Medical Center that compared medical therapy with angioplasty in the treatment of heart attack patients. This study demonstrated that angioplasty performed in the community setting can be lifesaving for heart attack patients, outperforming clot-busting drugs.
Did you know ...
Your heart is your body's tireless mechanical pump – circulating 75 gallons of blood each hour into a circulatory system of arteries and veins that, if stretched end-to-end, would be 12,400 miles long. It's the engine of life!