Cardiology

Primary Angioplasty

Angioplasty is the most effective procedure to save lives and reduce damage to the heart muscle when patients are suffering a heart attack. Performing emergency angioplasty within 90 minutes of the onset of a heart attack has proven to minimize heart damage in 95 percent of all cases. Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (MWH) is now the first hospital in the 16 cities and towns it serves to offer this procedure in their state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab.

Minimizing heart damage and restoring blood flow

When a patient meets a specific clinical criteria the emergency angioplasty team performs a cardiac catheterization to locate the blockage. Then, the team inserts another catheter with a balloon on the end and guides it to the blockage. The doctor performs the angioplasty by inflating the balloon. Blood flow is restored to the artery and in most cases a stent is inserted to keep the artery open.

Primary angioplasty restores blood flow to a blocked coronary artery in a timely manner. Studies have shown that emergency angioplasty works better than clot-busting medications. Quickly performing angioplasty reduces damage to the heart muscle.

Partnering with leading tertiary hospitals in Boston

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital's efforts to offer the most advanced cardiac care available at a community hospital, will save more lives. The angioplasty team includes interventional cardiologists: Co-director of Cardiac and Endovascular Services, Carl Turissini, MD, Laurence Conway, MD, David Criss, MD, and Khether Raby, MD, as well as a team of highly-trained nurses and technologists.

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital's cardiac catheterization lab is a state-of-the-art center where angioplasty is performed. The hospital invested in cutting-edge diagnostic equipment including the installation of advanced, film-less, digital imaging equipment.

News & Events

Do you or a family member suffer from chronic insomnia, chronic fatigue, headaches upon waking,...

 

Not to be missed...      

 
Opening reception
Thursday, February 11

 
Saturday, February 13
 
 
Wednesday, March 16


Taste of Spring
Thursday, April 7