FREDDY PÉREZ CABRERA
SANTA CLARA.—The Ernesto Che Guevara Cardiology Center in Villa Clara has had significant results this year, with a patient surgical survival rate of 97.7%, a figure which places it on a level with the most developed countries in this context.
According to details given by Dr. Jesús Satorre Igualada, president of the Cuban Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery Society in the province, this success has been accomplished with the 317 patients to date whose lives have been saved with operations by specialists at this eminent institution which, during its 26 years of existence, has attained a historic surgical survival rate of 95%.
Satorre, also deputy director of the Center, added that another of the hospital’s achievements is to have reached a total of 2,000 coronary operations, a success rate to be dedicated to World Heart Day, the central event for which is to be celebrated in the Ernesto Che Guevara Cardiology Center.
Dr. Alvaro Lagomasimo Hidalgo, an eminent surgeon at the institution, stated that the total could have been higher, if it were not for the damaging consequences of the U.S. economic and financial blockade of Cuba, which prevents the country from acquiring necessary supplies for what are complex surgical procedures.
Among these negative effects, Lagomasimo noted the impossibility of purchasing on the U.S. market cardiac stabilizers, angioplastic guides and spare parts for the Center’s cutting-edge equipment, which causes pain and suffering for those suffering from cardiac disorders.