Heart and Vascular Team

Pictured left to right: Robert Davis, DO, FACC, Cardiologist, Anuradha Tunuguntla, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Interventional Cardiologist, Todd Stefan, MD, FACS, RPVI, Vascular Surgeon, Christopher Brancato, MD, FACC, Cardiologist, Petra Lynch, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, Kelly Farrell, PA-C

Heart and Vascular Center – Expertise and Convenience at Evangelical Community Hospital

According to a 2014 report of statistics from the American Heart Association, an estimated 85.6 million people in the United States are living with cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.

Building on its reputation for improving the health of the Central Susquehanna Valley, Evangelical Community Hospital is answering those cardiovascular needs and further centralizing services in the new Heart and Vascular Center of Evangelical.

Standing firmly on a history of providing quality cardiac and vascular services, construction on the new Center began in January and was completed in the summer of 2015. At the Center, patients of Evangelical have a dedicated heart and vascular practice with everything in one location.

On staff to answer cardiovascular needs are Christopher Brancato, MD, Cardiologist; Robert Davis, DO, FACC, Cardiologist; Petra Lynch, MD, Interventional Cardiologist; Anuradha Tunuguntla, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Interventional Cardiologist; Todd Stefan, MD, FACS, RPVI, Vascular Surgeon, and Kelly Farrell, PA-C.

Evangelical’s expertise in the area of cardiac and vascular services is shown in the numbers. In fiscal year 2014, 572 cardiac catheterizations were completed, with another 547 completed in fiscal year 2015. A staggering 4,112 vascular procedures were done in fiscal year 2014 and another 4,457 were completed in fiscal year 2015. Looking at those two years alone, it was clear that a Heart and Vascular Center would serve a growing need in the region.

The cardiology program includes minimally invasive emergent and interventional cardiac catheterizations, as well as balloon angioplasty and stent placement to open blocked arteries. Additional cardiology services include diagnostic testing to identify heart issues and medical monitoring of patients who have experienced heart-related incidents.

Known for its comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation, Evangelical aids patients in building heart strength and endurance through a supervised program. In addition, patients benefit from having routine check-ups with a consistent specialist to manage heart issues so they don’t progress into emergencies. For cardiac emergencies there is a physician with interventional capabilities on call 24/7, 365 days a year.

Vascular services range from cosmetic in-office procedures to more extensive medical conditions associated with Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), or blockages and abnormalities of blood vessels outside of the heart. Vascular services include but are not limited to treatment of spider and varicose veins, which can cause leg pain and swelling; management of carotid stenosis, which can cause stroke; blockages in leg arteries, which can cause leg pain, difficulty walking, and ulcers; and aneurysms, a ballooning of a portion of an artery, which can rupture and possibly cause death.

The new Center includes a large number of exam rooms for Evangelical’s specialists to efficiently diagnose and manage heart and vascular needs, with shorter wait times. The staff of the Center work in tandem with the existing exceptional staff of technologists, nurses, and rehab specialists of the Hospital’s cardiovascular unit, who bring decades of experience to every procedure performed at Evangelical.

To schedule an appointment, call 570-524-5056.