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ChristianaCare receives accreditation for heart care

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ChristianaCare’s Center for Heart & Vascular Health has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI and Resuscitation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The state’s largest hospital system received the award based on rigorous evaluation of its ability to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack. To earn this accreditation, ChristianaCare must also meet  Chest Pain Center protocols, be equipped with a robust hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest treatment and not divert any patients arriving by emergency services to other hospitals for treatment.

ChristianaCare’s Center for Heart & Vascular Health is one of the only centers in the region that integrates cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, vascular interventional radiology, cardiology, and interventional nephrology under one roof. Each year, surgeons and health experts perform more than 700 open-heart procedures each year and treat more than 8,000 total heart and vascular cases annually.

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