The Lankenau Heart Institute’s commitment to clinical excellence and
innovation is evident in its approach to managing diseases of the
coronary and vascular systems. These conditions are commonly associated
with narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to heart attack,
chest pain (angina), leg pain (claudication) or stroke.
Led by board-certified doctors, the coronary and peripheral vascular
team consistently applies the latest medical therapies, and
interventional and surgical approaches to achieve exceptional outcomes
for its patients.
Our Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Coronary Artery & Vascular
Today, the majority of heart procedures don’t involve open surgery or
long recoveries. In fact, many Lankenau Heart Institute patients are
treated on an outpatient basis using cardiac catheterization. During
this minimally invasive approach, our interventional cardiologists
insert a long, thin, flexible tube (catheter) into a blood vessel and
thread it to the heart. Through the catheter, they can diagnose and
treat such medical conditions as heart attack and diseases of the blood
vessels in the legs (peripheral artery disease).
Patients receive their treatment in our state-of-the-art catheterization
lab. Here, our compassionate, knowledgeable team uses the latest
catheterization technology to achieve superior outcomes.
Using a catheter-based approach, our interventional cardiologists open
blocked blood vessels and place tiny metallic coils—known as
stents—within the vessel to keep it open. The Lankenau Heart Institute
often combines stenting with minimally invasive coronary artery bypass
surgery to treat blocked vessels. This approach decreases overall trauma
to the body by eliminating the need for open surgery.
The benefits of catheter-based treatment includes:
Minimal pain and discomfort
Reduced risk of infection
Minimal blood loss and fewer transfusions
Can be performed on an outpatient basis
Faster recovery time
Maintained strength and independence
Quicker return to normal activities
The Choice for Coronary Artery & Vascular Disease Care
The Lankenau Heart Institute’s interventional cardiologists have a
long-standing reputation of excellence in the area of cardiac
catheterization. The team performs more than 2,000 cardiac
catheterizations annually—this includes both diagnostic studies and
Distinguishing features of Lankenau Heart Institute’s interventional
cardiology services include:
More than 70 percent of all catheterizations are performed
through the radial artery (located in the wrist). This approach
is beneficial to patients because the risk of internal
bleeding—commonly associated with the femoral artery—is
minimized and external bleeding can be easily compressed.
Furthermore, there is no requirement for the patient to remain
immobile. This makes the procedure more comfortable,
particularly for patients with back problems.
The Lankenau Heart Institute’s active involvement in prominent
national clinical studies—such as the Symplicity
trial for severe hypertension—ensures that patients have
access to the latest treatment approaches for their condition.
Our commitment to our patients, their comfort and safety has led us to
perform the majority of our cases using the radial artery. Advantages to
this approach include the following:
The radial artery’s proximity to the skin’s surface makes the
initial needle puncture simple and straight forward. For the
same reason, when the procedure is completed, a short
compression of the radial artery can stop the bleeding; even in
cases when the patient has received blood thinners.
Patients treated using this approach leave the catheterization
lab and are able to sit up and walk almost immediately. Some are
even discharged without having to spend the night. This is in
contrast to the femoral approach which requires the patient
to lie flat and still for four-to-six hours following the
procedure to allow bleeding to stop.
Unlike the femoral artery, the radial artery is not located
close to a major nerve making it less likely that nerve damage
will be sustained during the procedure.
Dr. Timothy Shapiro performs 90 percent of cardiac
catheterizations using the radial artery. On average, 70 percent
of cardiac catheterizations at Lankenau are performed using this
The Lankenau Heart Institute specializes in the treatment of PAD
and is widely recognized as a high-volume center with an average
of 250 cases each year.
Research & Clinical Trials
The Lankenau Heart Institute’s coronary and peripheral vascular
specialists are committed to providing patients with individualized care
and more advanced treatment options, including offering the latest
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.