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Manchester Royal Infirmary pilot is a huge success!

Manchester Royal Infirmary has become one of only two hospitals in the region to have taken part in a highly successful pilot study to help heart attack patients. The National Infarct Angioplasty Project officially published their findings this week to national media, findings which revealed that around 240 more lives would be saved every year. These findings were discussed on Monday at an event hosted by Manchester Royal Infirmary and Wythenshawe Hospital in association with Greater Manchester & Cheshire Cardiac and Stroke Network and the Department of Health. Primary angioplasty otherwise known as Primary PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) is a key-hole technique which uses a balloon followed by metal scaffolding called a stent to unblock a coronary artery. Primary PCI when performed without delay has been proven to be superior in preventing death following a heart attack compared to current practice of giving a clot-busting drug. Dr Farzin Fath-Ordoubadi, Consultant Cardiologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary said: “At our Manchester Heart Centre we are dedicated and working hard with Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cardiac Stroke Network, Wythenshawe and other hospitals to develop a comprehensive 24/7 primary angioplasty program that would not just cater for our local patients but as a tertiary referral centre for the rest of the greater Manchester population. “Patients who are treated in this way are not only more likely to survive a heart attack but also have much less damage to their heart muscle. They are less likely to have subsequent cardiac events and less likely to be readmitted to the hospital.” With this treatment, a patient’s length of stay in hospital is on average shortened by at least two days. In many cases they can be discharged within two to three days. Findings also indicated that they would also be less likely to have other complications such as heart failure or stroke. Mike Farrar, Chief Executive for NHS North West said: “Here in the North West we are always keen to look at ways in which we can improve the lives and care of our population. We are proud that two of our hospitals have been able to take part in this pilot scheme which has pioneered major, positive developments in cardiac services”. ENDS Notes: A copy of the report can be found at http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/News/Recentstories/DH_089462