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Heart and Vascular Center

Fast Facts about Cardiovascular Services

2005 New EP Labs open, with bi-plane imaging
2005 First new internal cardiac defibrillator implanted with fluid detection device to help avoid complications of congestive heart failure 
2004 Cyroplasty using a special angioplasty balloon that fills with a cold gas is first used to open blocked arteries in the legs.
2003 Taxus V Clinical Trial – St. Mary is the only medical center in Pennsylvania approved to enroll patients for Boston Scientific’s paclitaxel-eluting stent system trial for complex, long lesions
2002 First FDA-approved bi-ventricular ICD implant in Bucks County to treat congestive heart failure and ventricular tachycardia
2002 First electrophysiology lab in Bucks County to utilize a state-of-the-art 3-dimensional computerized mapping system in the treatment of arrhythmias.
2002 More than 3,300 procedures performed in Cardiac Cath Lab at St. Mary
2002 More than 400 open-heart surgeries performed at St. Mary
2002 The St. Mary Medical staff now includes nearly 50 cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons from some of the Nation’s top medical schools
2001 First cardiac brachytherapy in Bucks County
2000 First aortic stent graft in Bucks County
1998 First electrophysiology lab in Bucks County for diagnosing and treating irregular heart beats
1997 First open heart surgery in Bucks County
1991 First of three digital cardiac catheterization labs opens