Good Sam Technology Advances Benefit Patients
Beverly Lewis, 59, left Good Samaritan Hospital with a small adhesive bandage on her wrist and two new stents in the vessels of her heart. She also left thankful for the then recently-opened Dayton Heart & Vascular Hospital at Good Samaritan.
George Broderick, MD, medical director of cardiology at Dayton Heart & Vascular Hospital at Good Samaritan, determined Beverly needed coronary angioplasty to open two blocked arteries with the insertion of stents.
This procedure wasn’t new to Beverly. Four years earlier, when she had her first heart attack and received her first stent. What she didn’t know was how much coronary angioplasty had evolved since 2005.
Dayton Heart & Vascular Hospital at Good Samaritan opened its doors in 2009 with technology and expertise that saves and improves lives. The angioplasty technology has advanced and patients like Beverly are reaping the benefits of Good Sam’s investment in the heart and vascular hospital.
“When I had angioplasty the first time,” Beverly recalls, “the catheter was inserted in my groin above one leg. After the procedure, I had to lie flat on my back for at least eight hours and I had to keep my leg perfectly straight with pressure on the entry site.”
“Today, however, the femoral artery is not the only route to the heart,” explains Dr. Broderick. “At Dayton Heart & Vascular Hospital at Good Samaritan, we can use an artery in the wrist to perform what is known as transradial coronary angioplasty.”
“With radial access, patients have less discomfort than they do when the procedure is performed through femoral artery access. Patients could literally get off the catheterization table and walk out of the laboratory if they wanted to!” says Dr. Broderick.