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The May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Foundation Diagnostic Cardiology Center performing more advanced heart procedures

May 18, 2007, Brooklyn, New York… Lutheran Medical Center's May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Diagnostic Cardiology Center (cath lab) is expected to perform more than 700 procedures in 2007. Through the aid of the Cardiology Center Lutheran was able to perform its first Automatic Defibrillation Device implantation this week. The implantable device goes into a patient suffering from Sudden Cardiac Death Syndrome, a disease that causes the heart to stop beating without warning. It then automatically detects the abnormal heart rhythm and shocks the heart so that it begins to beat again.

Lutheran's most passionate supporter of the initiative to bring a new cath lab to Brooklyn was Vincent Rohan, the President of the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Foundation. The foundation donated $1 million for the lab. Rohan, also a member of Lutheran HealthCare's Board of Trustees has spearheaded the advances in Cardiology at Lutheran Medical Center through personal involvement and ongoing support.

"We're thrilled with the growing volume of patients coming to our lab, we've been able to meet the demands and treat more community members than we ever anticipated," said Robert Zaloom, M.D., Lutheran Medical Center cardiologist and director of the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Diagnostic Cardiology Center. "Heart disease kills 30% more residents of Southwest Brooklyn than in the rest of NYC. Thanks to the support of Vincent Rohan and the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Foundation we are able to provide the newest technologies to help change this statistic."

Due to the hospitals successful results combined with an increase in patient volume Lutheran Medical Center expects to be awarded approval from the New York State Department of Health to perform more advanced heart procedures. Lutheran also hopes to be authorized to perform Angioplasty Procedures within the Lab in the coming year. Up to now, the lab has been performing procedures that diagnose heart problems; this approval would allow the lab to begin to treat the heart problems it finds. Through a balloon catheter, or with a tiny structure called a stent that holds opened the walls of clogged arteries, Angioplasty helps heart patients avoid surgery by repairing the damaged arteries.

Currently, Lutheran Medical Center coordinates cardiovascular efforts closely with Lenox Hill Hospital, home to the Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York – among the leading cardiovascular care programs in the nation. Both hospitals formed a partnership specifically to develop an integrated cardiovascular services program located in Brooklyn.

A Level I Trauma Center and Stroke Center, Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) has cared for Brooklyn communities since 1883. As a full service 476-bed teaching hospital, LMC is the hub of Lutheran HealthCare, a network of primary, acute and long-term care centers in southwest Brooklyn. The LMC Surgical Weight Loss Institute is the only program in Brooklyn to be designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery while also holding a Level 1 Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. Learn more about LMC and its commitment to patient care excellence, community service, health education and research online at

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