Cardiology and Vascular care go hand in hand when it comes to maintaining cardiovascular health, but they also have important differences. Cardiologists diagnose and treat heart disorders like congenital heart defects, coronary artery blockages, and heart failure, whereas Vascular surgeons diagnose and treat diseases of the veins and arteries throughout the body.
Northside Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute is home to many of Atlanta's "Top Docs" as named by U.S. News & World Report and Atlanta Magazine. The Institute offers a full-spectrum of diagnostic, treatment and support services, with locations in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Forsyth and Cherokee. In addition, all three of Northside Hospital's campuses have received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), recognizing their high level of expertise in treating patients who arrive with heart attack symptoms.
Northside's exceptional Vascular Program is also home to some of the most recognized experts in the field of vascular and endovascular surgery, boasting training from such elite programs like the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Minneapolis Heart Institute. Headed by Dr. Joseph Ricotta, the only surgeon in the United States with FDA IDE approval to treat thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms with custom-modified fenestrated-branched endografts, the program's highly-skilled vascular surgeons offer a complete range of treatment options for the simplest to most complex of vascular conditions. For high risk patients who have serious underlying medical conditions or for those who are not good candidates for the traditional open surgical approach, Dr. Ricotta's ability to provide a customized option has dramatically improved chances of survival, with mortality rates reduced from 50-75 percent to approximately 8 percent.
Patients can expect treatment from the Simplest to the Most Complex conditions
Northside continues to lead the Southeast in state-of-the-art
surgical services with the introduction of advanced robotic surgery
technologies including the Magellan Robotic System. Northside
is the first healthcare institution in Georgia to utilize this
groundbreaking technology, which is designed to perform a myriad
minimally invasive endovascular procedures. It is available at both
the Atlanta and Forsyth campuses.
The Magellan Robotic System is able to robotically shape endovascular catheters during the procedure, so that a single catheter may be used instead of exchanging for various pre-shaped catheters during the procedure. The system's robotic catheters can rotate 360 degrees, and bend 180 degrees in any direction. This may lead to fewer catheter exchanges during the procedure, more predictable procedure times, and may help facilitate navigation through very complex anatomy, potentially leading to less radiation and contrast exposure, making the procedure safer for the patient. Magellan allows doctors more control and precision while navigating catheters through small blood vessels in complex vascular procedures. This leads to higher procedural success rates and enables more patients to be treated by less invasive endovascular methods rather than open surgery.