Angioplasty To Be Available 24/7

Wednesday September 23rd, 2015

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Windsor Regional Hospital will begin to offer angioplasty 24 hours a day, seven days a week starting Saturday, meaning patients will receive this treatment in our community instead of having to be transported across the border.

PCI, or percutaneous coronary intervention, is an emergency angioplasty procedure whereby a catheter containing a small balloon is inserted into arteries around the heart to compress blockages and restore blood flow. More commonly known as cardiac angioplasty, it is considered a less invasive procedure for patients suffering heart attacks versus other techniques, such as coronary bypass surgery.

Every year, 750 PCI procedures are conducted locally, including 650 scheduled procedures for patients with an acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction as a preventative treatment, as well as 100 emergency angioplasties, which were first performed in Windsor at the Ouellette campus.

Non-emergency procedures began in the cath lab in the spring of 2007, with emergency patients able to receive the procedure three days a week a year later. By 2011, the lab was open every weekday but only from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday, resulting in hundreds of patients every year sent out-of-town, mostly to Detroit for this procedure after hours and on weekends.

Funding announced in July 2014 by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, meant that the program could expand.

WRH CEO David Musyj said the funding announcement last summer “paved the way” for a 24/7 angioplasty program with a vision to become a regional cardiac program and also improves service offerings as we continue to move forward towards a new state-of-the-art acute care hospital.

The funding also confirmed capital funding to provide a new 24 hour two-table cardiac catheterization lab – or cath lab. The project will also involve renovating about 20,000 square feet of existing hospital space, locating the new cath lab on the 5th floor and relocating the day surgery program to the 2nd floor at the Ouellette Campus.

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