Farmington Hills hospital now offers specialized heart treatment

Residents of Farmington Hills now have closer, more convenient access to a specialized heart treatment called percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCI.

Beaumont, Farmington Hills has earned Certificate of Need (CON) approval from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to perform elective PCI, also known as angioplasty. According to a press release, PCI is a non-surgical procedure to treat narrowed or blocked heart arteries causing chest pain or a heart attack.

Beaumont cardiologists have been performing emergency PCI for several years for patients having serious heart attacks where an artery is completely blocked. But they have been unable to offer the procedure on an elective basis because of a state CON requirement for an on-site, open-heart surgery program. A change in CON rules last year allowed the hospitals to apply for approval to expand their PCI programs beyond emergency cases.

“The survival or outcome of a patient is related to the amount of time it takes to treat a heart blockage or a heart attack,” said Abedelrahim Asfour, M.D., director of Interventional Cardiology at Beaumont, Trenton, which along with Beaumont, Wayne, also received approvals. “Now we will be able to stabilize and treat all our patients without transferring them to a larger facility, helping to ensure their loved ones can stay by their side.”

Elective PCI procedures are expected to begin at Farmington Hills in July.

“We are investing in an upgrade of our catheterization lab at Beaumont, Farmington Hills in advance of offering elective PCI to our patients,” said Maher Rabah, D.O., FACC, interventional cardiologist and medical director. “Long-range, we are considering adding an additional cath lab, which would mean we could help more patients who need PCI whether electively or on an emergent basis.”

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing 600,000 deaths annually. PCI is considered one of the most effective, primary treatments for narrowed or blocked heart arteries or heart attacks. Percutaneous means “through the skin.” The procedure is done by inserting a thin flexible tube (catheter) through the skin in the upper thigh or arm that is threaded through a blood vessel to the affected heart artery. A balloon mounted on a stent at the top of the catheter is inflated to open the narrowed artery, restoring blood flow to the heart muscle to help minimize damage to the heart.

For more information on Beaumont’s cardiovascular care program, visit beaumont.org/services/heart-vascular.

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