Lenox Hill Hospital’s Interventional Cardiology team recently achieved a significant milestone as they placed the 2000th carotid artery stent in a patient. The procedure is designed to treat patients at risk of stroke from severe carotid artery disease.
Members of the team, include Gary Roubin, MD, PhD, Sriram Iyer, MD and Jiri Vitek, MD, all pioneers is carotid artery stenting.
"This is an important clinical milestone not only for the interventional cardiology team and Lenox Hill Hospital but for the treatment of carotid artery stenosis,” said Dr. Gary Roubin, Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital.
"This landmark case truly reflects Lenox Hill Hospital’s combined experience and expertise in the minimally invasive treatment of carotid stenosis,” Dr. Roubin added. "Only a handful of institutions have performed high volumes of these procedures and we anticipate that this milestone will encourage other interventional cardiologists and medical centers to follow suit and adopt carotid stenting as the standard of care for patients at risk of stroke from carotid stenosis."
Carotid stenting procedures treat patients at risk of a stroke who are not favorable candidates for surgery. Interventional cardiologists use stents specifically designed to open diseased carotid arteries, located on each side of the neck, which supply blood to the brain. Carotid arteries that have become clogged or partially blocked due to the build-up of fatty plaque and debris, can often lead to a stroke. The American Stroke Association classifies stroke as the third most common cause of death and the number one cause of disability in adults.
Lenox Hill Hospital has performed pioneering work in the field of cardiovascular disease for more than 50 years, and has been named one of the top 50 hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery nationwide in U.S. News & World Report’s annual surveys. Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute physicians and surgeons are in the forefront of research in the fields of cardiac, carotid and peripheral vascular disease. The first angioplasty in the United States was performed at Lenox Hill Hospital more than 30 years ago, and Lenox Hill Hospital physicians performed the first drug-eluting stent procedure after FDA approval in the United States.