Piedmont Henry Hospital launched its coronary angioplasty program a year ago under the direction of cardiologist Muthusamy Sekar, M.D.
On February 28, 2011, staff at Piedmont Henry Hospital performed the first coronary angioplasty. Since that day, more than 487 coronary angioplasties have taken place at Piedmont Henry Hospital. That is nearly double the number of procedures expected to occur in the hospitalâ€™s first year.
Piedmont Henry Hospitalâ€™s coronary angioplasty program already tops the accepted gold standard of 90 minutes for getting patients from their first intervention when they arrive at the hospital until they have balloon(s) inserted to widen blocked coronary arteries. Only one year after introducing the coronary angioplasty program, the average time for these patients at Piedmont Henry Hospital is 53 minutes.