CIBPA gift supports life-saving cardiac care

December 01, 2015

Members of the Canadian Italian Business & Professionals Association (CIBPA) learned first hand how their donation to cardiac care is making a difference for Niagara Health System patients everyday.  The group recently visited the St. Catharines Site of the NHS where they toured the Heart Investigation Unit.  Front line staff including Dr. Sven Pallie, NHS Chief of Cardiology, explained that the cardiac care program has made great strides over the past several years to develop a comprehensive regional cardiology program in Niagara.

For example, last year the team started performing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) in Niagara for the first time. This non-surgical procedure uses a catheter to insert a small tube-like structure called a stent in blood vessels in the heart that have been narrowed by plaque buildup — a condition known as atherosclerosis. PCI opens up the blood vessels and improves blood flow. It also decreases heart-related chest pain (angina), makes patients feel better and increases their ability to be active.

Dr. Pallie thanked CIBPA for its $10,000 commitment and explained that the state-of-the-art equipment used by the cardiac team is made possible by donors who believe in the work that they are doing.

Photo: CIBPA members and OneFoundation representatives are pictured with front line staff from the NHS Heart Investigation Unit.

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