Capital Health Treats First Patient Using Innovative Treatment for Stroke, Brain Conditions

Installs Region’s only Biplane Angiography System

 

Trenton, NJ (January 9, 2009) –Today, the first patient in the region will be treated using Capital Health’s new state-of-the-art biplane angiographic system that will provide faster and more accurate vascular care. The new system dramatically improves the ability of neurosurgeons to see blood vessels and conduct complex, minimally invasive procedures in the brain to specifically to treat aneurysms, anteriovenous malformations (or AVM’s), head and neck tumors and strokes.

Today’s announcement follows Capital Health’s recent opening of its Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey as well as the additions of Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, Dr. Kenneth M. Liebman and their team of specially trained nurses and clinical staff. Dr. Veznedaroglu, formerly director of the Division of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience joins Capital Health as director of Neurosciences and Endovascular/ Cerebrovascular Surgery. Dr. Liebman is director of Neurosurgical Critical Care and oversees the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit at Capital Health.

“Patients throughout our region have been looking to major cities such as Philadelphia and New York City to get the highest level of care and advanced treatment for strokes and other life-threatening brain conditions,” said Al Maghazehe, CEO & President of Capital Health. “With the acquisition of this advanced equipment and the addition of Dr. Veznedaroglu and Dr. Liebman to our staff, the same quality of care is available at Capital Health.”

“Our patients will benefit from the speed and excellent image accuracy of this new diagnostic system,” Veznedaroglu said. “It will allow us to complete a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures faster, and that means patients are off the table and on their way to recovery and discharge much sooner.  It also allows us to visualize abnormalities caused by cerebrovascular disease that other systems may not detect.”

“With twenty percent of all Americans suffering from one or more forms of cardiovascular disease, the ability to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat these conditions is critical,” said Liebman.

“Particularly with regard to stroke, it is important that people know the symptoms, because immediate treatment can provide the best outcomes, “said Veznedaroglu. He also noted that stroke symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, sudden confusion, trouble speaking, understanding, or walking, and severe headache with no known cause.

Beginning this week, Veznedaroglu and Liebman will be able to conduct minimally invasive procedures using the new system to treat a wide range of medical problems including stroke, carotid artery disease, and other vascular disorders. Among the many benefits of catheter-based interventions are shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time without the pain of a large incision, and less visible surgical scarring.

The new system uses a fully motorized biplane stand, which provides a wide range of viewing angles, and advanced X-ray tube technology and beam filtering that reduces exposure to radiation. Not only can all the blood vessels in the brain and neck be visualized but also the brain itself can be imaged via CT scan at the touch of a button.

The system is also able to process images for archiving while Veznedaroglu and Liebman examine and treat patients. The doctors can also send the medical report with images via secure e-mail from the system directly to a patient’s referring physician.

These recent additions to the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey bolster Capital Health’s $30 million investment to bring the latest advances and highest quality treatment of aneurysms, AVM’s, stroke, intracranial stenosis and other critical conditions involving the brain to central and southern New Jersey and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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 also planning to open a new state-of-the-art hospital in Hopewell Township, N.J. in 2011. Our 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.

For more information about Capital Health, visit our website at www.capitalhealth.org.

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