Capital Health Approved for Carotid Stenting

Only Hospital in Mercer County That Can Perform Procedure



Trenton, NJ – (February 2, 2009) – Capital Health announced that it has received approval to perform carotid stenting, a stoke-preventing procedure that allows increased blood flow in the carotid arteries; making Capital Health the only hospital in Mercer County that can perform the procedure. The team at Capital Health's Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey, led by Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, performed its first carotid stenting procedure on Friday, January 23.

"The approval to perform carotid stenting is critical to our goal at Capital Health of providing comprehensive stroke care to the residents of Mercer, Burlington and Bucks County, PA," said Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, director of Neurosciences and Endovascular/ Cerebrovascular Surgery at Capital Health's Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of NJ.

Dr. Veznedaroglu explained that when plaque builds up and reduces blood flow in these arteries, it blocks the flow of blood to the brain. This series of events can lead to a stroke, which could result in brain damage or even possible death.

The recent opening of Capital Health's $30 million Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey helped the hospital to gain approval by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to perform carotid stenting. Dr. Veznedaroglu, his partner Dr. Kenneth M. Liebman and their team of specially trained nurses and clinical staff make up what is now the most advanced stroke center in this area.

"Carotid stenting occurs after an angioplasty is performed to open the plaque in your arteries," said Dr. Liebman, director of Neurosurgical Critical Care at Capital Health's Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey. "The stent is used to keep the carotid artery open. The stent holds back plaque in the artery to allow improved blood flow and reduce the risk that the plaque could break off into the arteries of the brain."

Stenting is a procedure that uses small wire mesh coils to prop open an artery that has been hardened and narrowed by a blockage of fat or other substances. The stenting allows for increased blood flow to the brain (which lowers the risk of a stroke) and is able to be performed without open surgeries or incisions.

Dr. Veznedaroglu and Dr. Liebman treat aneurysms, anteriovenous malformations (or AVM's), head and neck tumors and strokes using the region's only state-of-the-art biplane angiographic system that dramatically improves their ability to see blood vessels and conduct complex, minimally invasive procedures in the brain.

With investments in advanced technologies, and significant expansions, Capital Health is a growing organization comprised of its Mercer Campus and Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, N.J. and the Capital Health in Hamilton outpatient facility. Capital Health is constructing a new state-of-the-art hospital in Hopewell Township, N.J. to open in 2011. Its clinical strengths are enhanced through the largest medical staff in Mercer County. Capital Health is a Magnet-recognized health system, and continues to thrive as Mercer County's only regional trauma center, neonatal intensive care unit, the region's mobile intensive care unit provider and the county's psychiatric emergency screening center. Our state-of-the-art technology is headlined by the area's only CyberKnife® Robotic Surgery System and the first da Vinci® Surgical System in Mercer County for non-invasive and minimally invasive cancer treatments.

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