Florida Hospital medical procedure transmitted live to doctor's symposium

As Dr. Thomas Shimshak performed procedures to relieve vascular blockages in two patients at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon, more than 1,000 physicians viewed through a live satellite video transmission.

Florida Hospital in Sebring was selected as one of only five medical centers in the United States to perform live case transmissions for the 12th annual C3 Global Cardiovascular Symposium in Orlando. The C3 stands for complex cardiovascular catheter.

Shimshak performed two complex, non-surgical vascular procedures from the Heart & Vascular Center inside the hospital.

The physician explained, “I tried to take real-world cases; cases that we are confronted with every day.

“The goal is to take the people in the audience into the cath lab to see how we do things and what are the contemporary approaches to complex vascular disease.”

His two patients both had long segments of complete blockage of the arterial circulation in their legs that affected their quality of life and limited their mobility.

The goal is to open it with catheter-based therapy and not a surgical approach, Shimshak said. “There is a whole host of different catheter-based tools at our disposal, the challenge is to pick and choose the right tool for the given patient’s problem.”

Florida Hospital in Sebring has state of the art technology, he noted. “Even though it is a relatively small program, we are a very busy program.

“Our stature in this part of the country has really grown tremendously over the last several years as a major cardiovascular center.”

This was the second time Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center has participated as a live broadcast site for a cardiovascular meeting.

In addition to the U.S. transmitting sites, live cases were also scheduled to be performed from China, Denmark, India, Italy, United Kingdom and Sweden.

“Last year, over 944 coronary angioplasty/stent procedures were performed at our hospital and outcomes exceeded national standards with average ‘door to balloon time’ of 68 minutes,” Shimshak noted. “This places Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center in Sebring in the top 10 percent of all hospitals nationally that provide this service.”

Shimshak is the newest member of Florida Hospital Interventional Cardiology and medical director of the Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Heart & Vascular Center. He has more than 25 years of experience as a board-certified cardiologist.


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