Cardiac Programs Continue to Benefit Manhattan Patients

New York, NY (PressExposure) June 28, 2011 -- The Division of Cardiac Surgery at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital has a long and remarkable history. The first open-heart surgical procedure in New York State was performed here in 1954. Since that time, the program has continued to grow and is proud of its reputation for the highest quality clinical work, cutting edge research, and excellent patient care and outcomes.

Multiple arterial grafting for coronary bypass surgery has been shown to be superior in a multitude of studies. Although, it's actual use across the world continues to be less than 5%, Daniel G. Swistel, M.D of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, has given thousands of patients a chance to improve their symptoms, health, and life expectancy, with these durable and carefully constructed grafts.

Dr. Sandhya K. Balaram, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, an accomplished cardiac surgeon with advanced training in minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, specializes in valve and aneurysm surgery. She has created the St. Luke's Women's Open Heart Program. This program has the specific goal of improving cardiac surgery outcomes for women by focusing on specific aspects of women's health, including preoperative optimization for chronic medical problems, careful postoperative management, and detailed patient education regarding medications and lifestyles.

The Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center is world-renowned and the only such program specializing in the evaluation and treatment of this condition in the New York metropolitan area. The Cardiac Surgeons at St. Luke's-Roosevelt have performed several hundred surgeries for this rare and often debilitating disease. The data from their experience has been presented in both national and international forums. Furthermore, a bi-annual seminar that includes specialists from around the world has been created to educate others and share experience about this special disease.

Patients wishing to learn more about the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital can visit the website at or call for an appointment at (212) 523-7780.

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Women's Open Heart Surgery program and the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy program are the most reputed programs at Division of cardiac surgery New York. These programs have a specific goal of improving cardiac surgery outcomes for women by focusing on specific aspects of women's health. To learn more about these programs, visit us at:

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