Riverview Medical Center Designated to Expand Elective Angioplasty Program

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Riverview Medical Center Designated to Expand Elective Angioplasty Program

In May 2009, Riverview Medical Center became part of a research study sponsored by Johns Hopkins University called the Atlantic C-PORT-E Elective Angioplasty trial. Riverview was selected to participate in this research study for its high level of experience and outstanding cardiovascular services.

Based on its positive patient outcomes, the state of New Jersey has endorsed Riverview to continue to provide elective angioplasty and stenting to patients at the time of a heart catheterization with the conclusion of the study on March 31, 2011.

"Our program allows patients to have a heart catheterization, in which dye is injected into the coronary arteries of the heart to detect blockages," says Shaddy K. Younan, M.D., interventional cardiologist affiliated with Riverview Medical Center. "This procedure allows specially trained cardiologists to insert stents into the coronary arteries to open blockages the patient may have. Patients routinely will go home the following day."

Riverview Medical Center, part of Meridian Cardiovascular Network, has demonstrated a high level of experience and outstanding Cardiovascular services in offering life-saving angioplasty procedures on an emergent basis since 2004, which makes Riverview uniquely qualified to perform them on an elective basis. As a designated and accredited Chest Pain Center, Riverview's cardiovascular experts recognize and treat heart attacks quickly, while using an integrated team approach.

"This program has provided great satisfaction to our patients," says Aristotelis E. Vlahos, M.D., medical director of Riverview's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. "The fact that patients can have both procedures done at the same time if needed eliminates the need for patients to be transferred to another facility that provides the services. Our highly trained team provides the best care possible to patients throughout the communities we serve".

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About Riverview Medical Center
Riverview Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health Family, is a 491-bed not-for-profit community hospital located on the Navesink River in Red Bank, New Jersey. Riverview Medical Center provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines including: maternity, oncology, orthopedics and rehabilitation, neurology, thoracic and vascular surgery, cardiology, renal dialysis, diabetes management, and emergency and critical care services. Riverview's Jane H. and John Marshall Booker Cancer Center offers comprehensive cancer services close to home, while Riverview's Jane H. Booker Women and Children's Center combines expertise and convenience to address preventative health, diagnosis, treatment, and support for women of all ages. Riverview Rehabilitation Center is Monmouth County's only fully-accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility, and Riverview is a designated Primary Stroke Center and has also maintained prestigious Magnet designation for Nursing Excellence since 1998. Riverview is the only hospital in the region with the groundbreaking CyberKnife® system, offering new hope for patients with inaccessible or inoperable tumors. For more information about Riverview Medical Center and Meridian Health, please call 1-800-DOCTORS or visit www.riverviewmedicalcenter.com.