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Medical Center Study Explores Use of Plant Extracts to Prevent Damage to the Carotid Artery

(Pictured L to R) Study authors Herbert Dardik, MD, Chief of Vascular Surgery at Englewood Hospital, and Rotem Naftalovich, medical student and research associate, pose with the awards.

(Englewood, NJ, August 6, 2012) – Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is proud to announce research conducted at the Medical Center’s Surgical Research Laboratory received first place honors and the prestigious DeWeese Award at the University of Florida’s 6th Annual Introduction to Academic Vascular Surgery at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation.

One of the study authors and research associates, medical student Rotem Naftalovich, presented the team’s findings at the conference in Tampa.

The study investigated how to prevent or reverse a process called intimal hyperplasia, which is a common complication that occurs following a procedure to remove fatty plaque from inside the carotid artery. Blood vessels are dissected and clamped during surgery in order to remove the blockage. After the operation, the body’s cells attempt to repair those traumatized vessels, resulting in a second blockage – intimal hyperplasia. This process can also occur in other arteries, including the coronary arteries of the heart, the artery feeding into the intestines and the arteries that supply blood to the limbs.

The study was led by Herbert Dardik, MD Chief of Vascular Surgery at Englewood Hospital, and Vincent Orozco, MD, Senior Fellow at Englewood Hospital. Research associates included Rotem Naftalovich, Daniel Naftalovich, Dennis London, Mary McCoy, Eric Czernizer, Tom Hoffman and Lindsay Hessler, MD.

The research team injected rats with plant extracts to see which one best prevented intimal hyperplasia from occurring, using green tea, garlic, grapes, broccoli, cabbage and sprouts. The results suggest that while all were capable of suppressing damage to the carotid artery, the green tea extract appeared to be the most effective.

“The successful use of plants in medicine dates back thousands of years,” said Mr. Naftalovich. “Whether plant extracts can prevent or reverse intimal hyperplasia is something we should know and this research provides the groundwork for future studies and is cause for further investigation.”

Mr. Naftalovich placed first in the medical student abstract category and received the DeWeese Award for best abstract overall at the event, where he faced competition from surgical residents and vascular fellows.

“Dr. James A. DeWeese is known throughout the medical community as the pioneer of vascular surgery,” said Herbert Dardik, MD, Chief of Vascular Surgery at Englewood Hospital. “Winning this award is a remarkable achievement. We are extremely proud of Rotem and all others involved in this important study. We look forward to continuing this research for the benefit of all future patients.”

About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.