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November 19, 2013- DMC Cardiovascular Institute at Harper University Hospital Receives Carotid Stenting Accreditation

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Harper University Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Carotid Stenting by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). CVI is one of only six in the country to receive accreditation.

“At the DMC, cardiovascular health is one of our top priorities,” said Dr. Ted Schreiber, President of DMC CVI. “As we continue to grow our services in anticipation of our 2014 heart hospital opening, we welcome any opportunity--such as this accreditation--to take our expertise to the next level, to then provide for our patients.”

Accreditation by the IAC means that DMC Cardiovascular Institute has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts in the field of Carotid Stenting. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to have processes in place to ensure quality patient care, in compliance with national standards. The IAC’s comprehensive application process includes a detailed procedure review.

"This unique accreditation validates our commitment to quality and safety. This is a badge of honor representing the highest standard in carotid stenting,” said Dr. Mahir Elder, DMC Medical Director of Endovascular Medicine, and Medical Director of Cardiac Care Unit. “The IAC accreditation, volume, and good quality outcomes, make CVI the leader in the State of Michigan and among the highest in the nation." 

Decreased blood flow to the brain caused by plaque on the inside of the carotid arteries is a serious cardiovascular condition that may lead to stroke. Carotid Stenting is a therapeutic procedure used at the site of the blockage to provide support to keep the artery open. Carotid Stenting, a moderately invasive procedure, may be considered an alternative to carotid surgery in some patients. While Carotid Stenting can be extremely beneficial in reducing the risk of stroke due to carotid artery disease, the effectiveness of the procedure is significantly impacted by the performing facility’s adherence to benchmarks related to standards defining optimal resources, training and outcomes.

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