Nazareth’s first Cardiac Catheterizations were performed on Nov. 3, 2014 using equipment funded through NPI’s efforts and a local fundraising campaign in Nazareth.
Patients in cardiac distress will no longer have to be transferred to another hospital center outside of Nazareth to receive this critical service.
The Cardiac Catheterization Unit at Nazareth Hospital makes early revascularization and treatment readily available, saving lives and decreasing morbidity and mortality among the Nazareth population.
Heart disease is the second-leading cause of death in Israel, with a higher rate among Arabs than the rest of the country’s population.
NPI went through a lengthy grant application process for the USAID American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program (ASHA) which resulted in $500,000 to fund the Cardiac Catheterization Unit.
The hospital team launched “Heart-to-Heart”, a campaign at the community level, including local schools to raise funds for the new unit and raise awareness of heart health risks/prevention education.