Richmond University Medical Center
355 Bard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310
(718) 818-1234
www.rumcsi.org

With a rich history of excellence in cardiology, Richmond University Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, from emergency treatment to sophisticated diagnostic procedures and risk screenings. The hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for five years in a row, indicating that it delivers a high standard of care.

Richmond University Medical Center

Are there any new techniques or advances for treating cardiology patients at RUMC?
Richmond University Medical Center has added more to its robust cardiology service line since becoming approved, in August 2014, to convert its existing diagnostic cardiac catheterization laboratory into one that is capable of performing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). This is a much-needed service for Staten Island, where the incidence of heart disease is very high.

What is PCI, and how does the procedure work?
PCI, also known as coronary angioplasty, or simply angioplasty, is a non-surgical procedure used to treat the narrowed coronary arteries of the heart found in heart disease. The procedure involves inflating a balloon inside the coronary artery to push aside the built-up plaque and improve blood flow.

When is the procedure performed?
PCI can be an elective procedure; it is also performed in an emergency, in the case of a heart attack, where blood flow in the coronary artery is cut off completely. In that circumstance, the artery must be opened as quickly as possible in order to prevent loss of heart muscle — that speed is the key benefit of PCI. Cardiologists have a mantra: “time is muscle.”

If I’m not having a heart attack, why would I need PCI?
Patients who experience daily angina that does not respond to medication can now go to Richmond University Medical Center to get an angiogram to determine if PCI is needed, and then — at the same time — receive the PCI itself to treat any existing blockages that are revealed.

How else is Richmond University Medical Center improving heart health?
Richmond University Medical Center is focused on expanding cardiovascular health education in the area. The hospital wants Staten Island residents to know that if you’re having chest pain that doesn’t go away, it could be a heart attack; come in and get treated. Residents should know who’s at risk; what the risk factors are; what type of chest pain is a concern; and when to call an ambulance.

For more information on cardiac services and the cardiac catheterization lab, call 718-818-3260 or visit rumcsi.org/heart.

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