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Highlights

    • In June 1999 Einstein Heart Institute opened in the newly constructed Minerva and Fred Braemer Heart Center - a state-of-the-art digital catheterization laboratory and outpatient cardiac center, The facility also includes a 16-bed coronary care unit (CCU), an eight bed CICU (post-angioplasty patients), three permanent cardiac catheterization laboratories, a state-of-the-art electrophysiology laboratory, two stress ECG laboratories, state-of-the-art SPECT nuclear technology, three diagnostic echocardiography laboratories, four color flow Doppler imaging units with transesophageal capabilities and a cardiac MRI unit. In addition, three extensive cardiovascular surgical operating suites are available and a separate post-operative heart surgical unit (HSU). A dedicated color flow, two-dimensional echo machine with transesophageal echocardiography capabilities is currently stationed in the operating room. In addition, intravascular ultrasound capability is present in the cardiac catheterization laboratory.
    • The program has a diverse patient population with multiple pathologies which include both acute and chronic heart disease.  The patient volume far exceeds the number of interventions required for each interventional cardiology resident during his one year of training.  There is a nice mix of cases which present acutely to the Medical Center and patients referred from tertiary centers.
    • The quality of the faculty is excellent.  Each of the three key faculty members have extensive experience in interventional techniques as well as research in cardiovascular disease.  The other professional faculty also is excellent and contribute significantly to the education of the interventional cardiology residents.
    • The interventional laboratory has a close working relationship with other areas of cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery.  Specifically, the catheterization laboratory has 24 hour cardiothoracic coverage to assist in the evaluation of acutely ill patients with cardiac disease.  There are three cardiothoracic operating rooms which provide constant surgical support for the catheterization laboratory.
    • The interventional laboratory has a long tradition of clinical research.  The key faculty members participate in independent projects as well as multi-center clinical interventional trials.
    • The interventional laboratory has a computerized database for tracking the results and complications of interventional procedures.  The system is set up to compare the results to those of the national standards set up by the American College of Cardiology.  The interventional laboratory has a dedicated quality improvement nurse to assist the interventional cardiology resident in learning the details of the quality improvement process.
    • The interventional faculty is fully experienced in the use of new interventional technology.  These devices include Doppler wire, intravascular ultrasound, TEC, directional coronary artherctomy, rotational arthrectomy and stent placement. 
    • The interventional program has graduated several excellent interventionalists.  The alumni have been extremely successful in their careers in intervention.