Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey

(201) 368-2100 Contact Us Login

Close

Business Beat

Weekly business updates in an e-newsletter

Back to listing

Member News — Hackensack University Medical Center among the First in the Country to Offer New Vascular Procedure in the Administration of Angiograms
July 9th, 2018

The Heart & Vascular Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is among the first in the country to perform lower extremity angiograms from a radial approach versus utilizing the femoral artery.  Angiograms are performed to check for blocked or narrowed blood vessels in the heart. The radial approach is a safer technique for treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which is a disease that causes hardening of the arteries of the legs.  The disease affects approximately 8.5 million adults in the United States and may cause severe leg cramps. In severe cases, it can lead to amputation.

On June 4, two patients with peripheral arterial disease underwent lower extremity angiograms utilizing the radial approach.   For patients who have developed significant compromise in their circulation from PAD, a lower extremity angiogram is a minimally invasive procedure that allows treatment of the lower extremity arteries using endovascular techniques.

“The radial approach to performing angiograms utilizes the radial artery in the patient’s wrist as an alternative to using the patient’s femoral artery in the groin,” said David O’Connor, M.D., FACS, vascular surgeon at Hackensack University Medical Center and assistant professor of Surgery, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. “Radial catheterization procedures for the coronary arteries in the heart are now routinely being performed to avoid some of the shortfalls with the femoral artery approach.”

Angiograms are usually performed in a cardiac catheterization lab under local anesthesia using percutaneous placement of a sheath into an artery, which avoids the need for an incision.  Typically, the femoral artery in the groin has been used as the site of catheterization, which although is safe in more than 98 percent of cases, it necessitates the patient to lie flat for four to six hours in the hospital after the procedure.  Complications, although uncommon, can include hematoma formation or pain in the groin.

“The advantages of using the radial artery include the absence of bed rest after the procedure, less risk for major bleeding and less post-operative discomforts,” said Gregory T. Simonian, M.D., executive vice chairman and chief of operations, Heart & Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. “Patients are also able to leave the hospital faster after radial catheterization procedures, often a few hours after the procedure is completed.”

“Lower extremity angiograms historically have not been performed via the radial approach because we have not had the technology to allow this,” said Joseph E. Parrillo, M.D. chair, Heart & Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, Justice Marie L. Garibaldi endowed chair and professor and chair, Department of Cardiology Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.  “With the development of the Terumo Radial to Peripheral (R2P) technology, we can now offer the benefits of radial catheterization to treat peripheral arterial disease.”

The Heart & Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center is a state-of-the-art “hospital within a hospital.” This facility houses the latest equipment and programs, and integrates preventive, diagnostic and treatment services, with a special focus on cardiovascular disease management and breakthrough research. Inpatients and outpatients are treated for all types of cardiac and vascular diseases, including heart problems, such as blocked arteries and irregular heartbeats, peripheral vascular disease and neurovascular diseases, such as stroke and aneurysm.

The Heart & Vascular Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is among the first in the country to perform lower extremity angiograms from a radial approach instead of utilizing the femoral artery.  From left to right: James Eckert, monitor technologist, Heart & Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center; Michelle DeStefano, RN; David O’Connor, M.D., FACS, vascular surgeon at Hackensack University Medical Center and assistant professor of Surgery, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University;  Lisa St. John, radiologic technologist; Kevin Cappadona, monitor technologist; and Valter Guevarra, RN.

  • Rochelle Park, New Jersey

  • Trenton, New Jersey

     

    222 West State Street S-212, Trenton, NJ 08608

    P: (609) 695-5900

    F: (201) 368-3438

    E: Contact Form

  • About Us

    The mission of Commerce and Industry Association is to be the leader in free enterprise advocacy for the purpose of fostering, through education, legislative vigilance and membership interaction, an economic climate that enhances business potential and makes New Jersey a better state in which to live, work and conduct business.

  • Connect with us

    Subscribe to our email blast