February 11, 2009 – On Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm, Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC), Merriam, KS will host an angioplasty stent placement Webcast.
Jhulan Mukharji, M.D., FACC, of Clinical Cardiovascular Associates, PA, will perform the procedure and his partner Jay Jackson, M.D., FACC, will serve as the moderator.
"This procedure has become the first choice of treatment for heart attacks when it can be performed in a timely manner," said Dr. Mukharji.
The purpose of an angioplasty stent placement procedure is to open up blockages in the blood vessels of the heart, which in the past, was done using a balloon.
"Although balloons are sometimes still used during the procedure, a stent is used in approximately 80 to 90 percent of the cases," Dr. Mukharji said. "Stents are more durable long-term in keeping the vessel open."
In appropriately selected patients, angioplasty stent placements can be done electively or emergently, are less invasive and have a shorter recovery time than bypass surgery.
Viewers can logon to the Webcast by going to ShawneeMission.org the night of the broadcasts. During the one-hour Webcast, viewers have the opportunity to submit questions to be answered live by the moderator, request more information and even make an appointment.
For more information: www.ShawneeMission.org