Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital has received a Certificate of Need from the State of Michigan to perform elective coronary angioplasty.
Angioplasty (percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCI) is a non-surgical procedure used to open narrowed arteries in patients with heart disease. It is performed on patients having a heart attack or chest pain, or who have had an abnormal stress test.
“We have performed angioplasties in emergencies, in a safe and timely manner, for years,” says Shalini Modi, MD, service chief of Cardiology at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. “This new ruling will allow us to provide more complete and convenient care to our patients with heart disease in the community.”
“With this approval we will be able to perform angioplasty procedures for non-emergency situations as well,” says Gerald Koenig, MD, PhD, director of the hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab. “And patients appreciate being able to have their cardiac care closer to home.”
Henry Ford interventional cardiologists’ preferred method for angioplasty procedures is to access an artery in the wrist, rather than the leg. Afterward, patients rest in an armchair for a few hours, rather than lying on a stretcher for six to eight hours, as required when the leg artery is used.
This change will allow Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital to treat more heart patients locally.