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Orange Regional Medical Center First in Orange County to Offer Life-saving Emergency Angioplasty

March 13, 2008

(Middletown, NY) – Orange Regional Medical Center has become the first hospital in Orange County to offer Emergency Angioplasty as part of its comprehensive range of cardiac services. “We are pleased to announce that the State Department of Health recently approved Orange Regional to offer this sophisticated cardiac procedure at The Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center,” CEO and President Scott Batulis said. “Our emergency angioplasty team of cardiologists and clinicians, led by Doctors William Gotsis and Gary Silverman, stand ready to treat patients experiencing a heart attack. This means most heart attack patients will not have to travel outside of our area for advanced cardiac care.”

Angioplasty is a minimally invasive and interventional procedure performed in Orange Regional”s state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the Horton Campus in Middletown. An angioplasty is done using a thin, soft tube called a catheter. A doctor inserts the catheter into the blood vessel and carefully guides a balloon until it reaches the blocked portion of the coronary artery. This life-saving procedure involves widening the compromised artery to restore blood flow to the heart. A stent is inserted in a majority of cases to assure the vessel remains open.

Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans according to the American Heart Association. The most common form of heart disease is coronary artery disease. Coronary heart disease occurs when the arteries that carry blood to the heart become partially clogged and blocked by deposits of built-up cholesterol and fat. A heart attack occurs when a blockage prevents the heart from receiving the oxygen it needs to function.

According to Dr. Gotsis, once the heart muscle is deprived of blood flow for more than just a few minutes it begins to die. This is why if someone is experiencing symptoms of what may be a heart attack, it is crucial to get to the emergency department as soon as possible. When it comes to a heart attack, “time equals heart muscle.”

The Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center provides a comprehensive set of cardiac services for the Hudson Valley including: cardiac testing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology. Orange Regional”s cardiology program is affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center.

For additional information about Cardiology Services at Orange Regional Medical Center, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) or visit www.ormc.org.

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