Nationwide, Lourdes Hospital is among the most successful hospitals in performing emergency angioplasty within the optimal time frame in response to a heart attack.

Lourdes Hospital is averaging well below the recommended 90-minute Door-to-Balloon time with a monthly average closer to 62 minutes, and in some cases closer to 50 minutes.  Door-to-balloon time refers to the time frame from a patient’s arrival at the hospital to the physician’s inflation of the angioplasty  balloon within the blocked artery.

Emergency angioplasty is a life-saving emergency procedure that is performed in a cardiac catheterization lab  and uses state-of-the-art technology to locate and open blocked vessels to restore blood flow to the heart.  By quickly locating and treating the site of the blockage, emergency angioplasty reduces the damage to heart muscle and helps to preserve heart function in the future. It is a level of performance in which every second impacts a patient's chance for survival and recovery. 

At Lourdes Hospital, the quality commitment to performing emergency angioplasties begins with a rapid diagnosis in the emergency room, as well as the appropriate protocols and staffing in place to perform angioplasty  around the clock – 24/7 – on heart-attack patients. Life-saving angioplasty is safer and patients have better outcomes when physicians and hospital staff have more experience with the procedure. Nearly 1,500 patients are treated annually in the Lourdes CVI Cath Labs, making the labs among the busiest in the region.  To date, over 30,000 catheterization procedures have been performed by Lourdes’ physicians.