The University of Virginia Medical Center has been designated one of the nation’s 100 top-performing hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters, a leading market information and benchmarking company.

This marks the sixth time that the UVA Medical Center has been recognized as a top cardiovascular hospital by Thomson Reuters, which released the 2009 edition of its “100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarking” study earlier this week.

“We are honored by this recognition and proud of our Heart and Vascular Center’s role in setting and teaching national standards for heart care,” said R. Edward Howell, vice president and chief executive officer of the Medical Center.

The study identifies hospitals that set the nation’s benchmarks for treating patients suffering from heart failure and heart attacks and for performing coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous cardiovascular interventions, such as angioplasty.

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