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UH Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute Launches at UH Parma Medical Center

Monday, August 31, 2015

Advancing Care Through Innovation

PARMA – Patients long familiar with University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s outstanding cardiovascular capabilities now have access to the larger network of UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, with more than 20 locations across Northeast Ohio.

The cardiovascular intensive care unit at UH Parma Medical Center is designed for patients following heart attacks, coronary interventions and cardiac and thoracic surgeries. Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation following surgery or heart attacks can further enhance the long-term health of patients with coronary artery and valve disease. Specialists at UH Parma Medical Center are now part of the largest network of cardiovascular specialists on the Westside, with over 60 experts from Medina to Sandusky providing the highest-quality, personalized care.

UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, a nationally distinguished, trusted resource for cardiovascular care, ranks in the Top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation for Cardiology and Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Its innovations include:

  • The first hospital in the nation to offer HeartFlow/FFR-CT, a revolutionary noninvasive tool for diagnosing coronary artery disease
  • The first adult stem cell procedure in Ohio for heart disease
  • The nation’s first teaching site for transcatheter aortic valve replacement in the awake, talking patient
  • More than 85 clinical trials, following 2,500 patients
  • International center for treatment of atrial fibrillations

While UH Parma Medical Center has offered close-to-home heart care for many years, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute brings important enhancements, such as leading experts practicing at community-based locations, new procedures, treatment options and technologies, and immediate access to all the resources of the UH system, when a higher level of care is needed.

“UH Parma has had a longstanding and strong cardiology program that is enhanced by becoming a part of UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute,” says interventional cardiologist Christine Zirafi, MD, a longtime leader in UH Parma Medical Center’s Division of Cardiology and now Director of UH’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center. “This affords our patients access to leading-edge research, specialized procedures and medications not readily available in a community setting because of our close relationships with physicians at UH Case Medical Center.”

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