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The Valley Health Heart & Vascular Center at Winchester Medical Center
has been recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for its
demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to
a cardiac cath lab for care. The WMC cath lab was the first in Virginia,
and is one of only a few in U.S., to achieve this accomplishment. Hospitals
receiving the ACC’s cath lab accreditation must take part in a multi-faceted
clinical process that includes a rigorous onsite review, must meet or
exceed an array of stringent criteria, and have in place a team of doctors,
nurses, clinicians and other staff that support efforts leading to improved
Top Rating for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Program
Winchester Medical Center has once again earned a 3-star rating for coronary
artery bypass grafting (CABG), the highest quality score possible, according
to The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The STS has developed a comprehensive
rating system for the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across
the country. The 3-Star designation reflects the highest level of quality
earned by only 12-15% of programs in the nation. In the current analysis
of national data covering the period from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017,
WMC was found to rank in this highest quality tier, thereby receiving
an STS 3-star rating for CABG for 24 consecutive months.
Minimally Invasive CABG
Cardiothoracic surgeons at Winchester Medical Center offer minimally invasive
coronary artery bypass grafting through small incisions to replace clogged
arteries with a healthy vessel graft. This procedure does not require
stopping the heart, and a heart-lung machine is not required. It provides
an alternative to standard open-heart bypass surgery (CABG) when bypassing
one or two coronary arteries. Call Valley Health Cardiothoracic Surgeons
at 540-536-6721 for more information.
Fenestrated Endovascular Aortic Repair
This minimally invasive approach allows vascular surgeons at Winchester
Medical Center to repair an aortic aneurysm located near or around the
branch arteries to the kidneys and other organs. The surgeon creates holes
in the stent graft called fenestrations. When the fenestrated endograft
is correctly positioned in the aorta, the fenestrations allow blood to
flow to the kidneys by the use of smaller grafts. To learn more, call
Valley Health Vascular Surgeons at 540-536-6721.
Warren Memorial Hospital to Offer Cardiac Catheterization Services
Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal will expand its cardiovascular
services with the addition of a cardiac catheterization lab in early 2018.
Patients throughout the region must travel to Winchester Medical Center
for cardiac catheterization. A cath lab at WMH will offer patients more
local access to high-quality diagnostic and interventional services provided
in coordination with Valley Health's Heart & Vascular Center.
CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure System
The CardioMEMS system measures and monitors pulmonary artery pressure and
heart rate in certain heart failure patients with the goal of reducing
heart failure-related hospitalizations. For patients for whom CardioMEMS
is indicated, interventional cardiologists at Winchester Medical Center
will implant a small pressure-sensing device directly into the pulmonary
artery during a cardiac catheterization procedure. A home electronics
unit will transmit the sensor’s data wirelessly to the patient’s
doctor, who can use the information to help manage the patient’s
Valley Health’s Heart Failure Clinic is a resource to assist you
and your patients in the management of heart failure. Call 540-536-0518
to learn more.
Low-Risk TAVR Study
Valley Health’s Heart & Vascular Center at Winchester Medical
Center is participating in a clinical trial using transcatheter aortic
valve replacement (TAVR) for low-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis.
Valley Health is one of 75 institutions in the country currently offering
this low-risk clinical trial and has been ranked as one of the top sites
for enrollment and the number of implants per month. The Medtronic Evolut™
Low Risk Trial will assess the safety and efficacy of TAVR in patients
at low risk for open-heart surgical aortic valve replacement. To learn
more about the low-risk TAVR clinical trial, contact the Advanced Valve
& Aortic Center at 540-536-4000 or AVAC@valleyhealthlink.com.
Cryoablation for Atrial Fibrillation
This minimally invasive catheter-based procedure involves inflating a balloon
in the vessel and using a freezing cold liquid to treat atrial fibrillation.
Cryoablation allows the electrophysiologist to treat the whole area of
heart tissue that causes A-Fib at one time, reducing the procedure time
compared to radiofrequency ablation. For more information about Valley
Health’s electrophysiology services, visit
valleyhealthlink.com/heart and click on
heart rhythm disorders.
Trans-carotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR)
To help reduce the risk of stroke during stenting to correct carotid artery
stenosis, vascular surgeons at Winchester Medical Center perform this
procedure by placing a tube directly into the carotid artery through a
smaller incision than a typical carotid endarterectomy incision. The tube
is connected to a system that directs blood flow away from the brain to
protect against loosened plaque reaching the brain. The system filters
the blood outside the body and returns the filtered blood through a second
tube in the femoral vein. After the stent has been placed, blood flow
is resumed in its normal direction. To learn more, call Valley Health
Vascular Surgeons at 540-536-6721.
EKOS™ Acoustic Pulse Thrombolysis™ Treatment
This minimally-invasive treatment system uses targeted ultrasound waves
within an infusion catheter to treat vascular thrombosis including pulmonary
embolism, deep vein thrombosis and arterial occlusion. With the EKOS system,
endovascular specialists at Winchester Medical Center will be able to
deliver clot-dissolving drugs more effectively and dissolve the thrombus
more quickly and completely than standard catheter-directed therapy, with
a lower risk of bleeding. EKOS acoustic pulse treatment increases thrombus
removal and clinical improvement compared to either catheter directed
therapy or thrombectomy. For more information, call Valley Health Vascular
Surgeons at 540-536-6721.
Winchester Medical Center Recognized for Heart Attack Care
Valley Health’s Heart and Vascular Center at Winchester Medical Center
has been recognized for heart attack care with awards from the American
College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. The American
College of Cardiology GWTG (Get with the Guidelines) Platinum Performance
Achievement Award recognizes WMC’s success implementing a higher
standard of care for heart attack patients. The American Heart Association’s
2017 Mission: Lifeline Silver STEMI Receiving Quality Achievement and
NSTEMI Bronze Awards recognize WMC for implementing specific quality improvement
measures in treating patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab Accreditation
Winchester Medical Center’s Cardiac Electrophysiology (EP) Lab has
earned accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)
in Cardiac Electrophysiology in the areas of Device Implantation, Chronic
Lead Extraction, and Testing and Ablation, which indicates that the lab
has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found
to be in compliance with published standards. This honor is especially
significant since Valley Health's EP Lab was the first in Virginia,
and is one of only a handful in the U.S., to receive IAC accreditation.