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Endovascular Care Services: A Primary Focus for Hospitals

Posted on November 15, 2011

Vascular conditions such as stroke, cerebral aneurysms and intracranial atherosclerosis disease are a few of the most prevalent conditions that currently effect our aging population. Treatment options for many of these vascular conditions have developed into minimally invasive techniques, which in turn have decreased the rate of morbidity compared to traditional approaches. For these reasons, many hospitals in the US are now in the process of developing their vascular care services in order to improve their return on investment and patient outcomes.

Although some hospitals initiate vascular procedures through cardiology programs, many hospital leaders say that separating the departments and having specific vascular specialty areas is generating improved patient volumes, which result in improved care. One of the reasons for the success of vascular-specific departments is that they are equipped with hybrid operating rooms for more efficient workflows, optimized throughput, and streamlined care—combining minimally invasive and interventional surgical technologies.

Demetrius Lopes, MD, Director of Endovascular Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago says, “Rush University’s new interventional platform combines all departments involved in vascular care in a perfect environment to care for problems like stroke and heart attacks.”

“We are leading the way on the hybrid concept of treating blood vessels problems by combining the best in open and endovascular procedures in a multidisciplinary setting… We are very excited to offer this excellent level of care to our patients,” Says Dr. Lopes.

By 2015, those aged 50 and older will represent 45% of the U.S. population (AARP). Since vascular disease primarily affects seniors, the number of vascular disease cases is expected to rise dramatically. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in every 20 Americans over age 50 has peripheral artery disease, a condition that raises the risk for heart attack and stroke.