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Methodist named one of the “Top Hospitals for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery”

Houston, TX - 1/8/2010

The Methodist Hospital in Houston was recently named one of the “Top Hospitals for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery” by Worth magazine.

“This award is a major recognition for the physicians and staff of the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. It is an honor that recognizes our dedication to providing excellent care for our patients,” said Dr. Alan Lumsden, chair of the department of cardiovascular surgery at The Methodist Hospital and medical director of the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center.

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, the most commonly performed open heart surgery in the United States, reroutes or “bypasses” blood vessels around clogged arteries to improve blood flow and deliver oxygen to the heart. CABG is important because the arteries that carry blood to the heart can become clogged by plaque. This can slow or stop blood flow through the heart‘s blood vessels, leading to chest pain or a heart attack. Increasing blood flow to the heart muscle can relieve chest pain and reduce the risk of heart attack.

CABG is an integral part of the of the MDHVC‘s operations. Methodist cardiovascular surgeons performed more than 650 cases in 2009, with outcomes consistently exceeding the expectations of the national benchmark, UHC rates. Many of these procedures were performed on high-risk patients with acute coronary syndrome or heart failure.

Methodist is also one of the few centers in the country performing the minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery coronary artery bypass (MICS CAB) procedure, which offers patients a shorter length of stay in the hospital and quicker recovery time.

Worth is mailed to a proprietary database of 110,000 households in major markets, including Manhattan, Westchester County, Fairfield County, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix-Scottsdale, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

For more information about the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, see www.debakeyheartcenter.com.  Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MethodistHosp and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/methodisthospital.