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Elective Angioplasty Comes to Huron Valley-Sinai

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital has received approval from the state of Michigan to perform elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures, also known as elective coronary angioplasty.

“This is a critical addition to the cardiovascular services offered by Huron Valley,” said Karen Fordham, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital President and CEO. “It’s a continuation of our efforts to provide advanced technology and procedures - typically only found in large, urban settings – at our hospital, in order to bring them directly to the communities in which we serve.”

PCI is a minimally invasive procedure used to clear a blockage in the arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood. Elective PCI is when the procedure is used to clear one or more significant artery blockages that are not life threatening but may be causing heart disease symptoms, such as chest pain (angina), shortness of breath, or chronic fatigue.

Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital began performing elective PCI procedures on Monday, April 4. In addition, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital was recently recognized by the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) organization for its primary PCI program, which ranks hospitals for excellence in quality of care, best practices and patient outcomes.

“Being able to offer elective angioplasty at Huron Valley provides a much needed procedure to the patients in this area,” said Dr. Michele DeGregorio, Chief of Interventional Cardiology at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. “This enables the interventional cardiologists to perform the angioplasty at the hospital in Commerce Township. Elective PCI will be performed by the same top quality physician interventionalists who have been performing primary PCI procedures at Huron Valley since 2008.”

An angioplasty procedure is performed in a hospital by an interventional cardiologist - a heart doctor with specialized education and training in treating blocked arteries without open-heart surgery. Interventional cardiologists use thin tubes called catheters as well as tiny balloons and stents to restore blood flow through the arteries. 

“The addition of elective angioplasty to Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital is another step toward expanding the expertise of DMC heart specialists into communities throughout southeast Michigan,” said Dr. Theodore Schreiber, President of DMC’s Heart Hospital and Academic Chief for the Division of Cardiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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