St. Mary Mercy Hospital offers an advanced treatment for heart attacks called Emergency Angioplasty, also known as Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI).
Emergency Angioplasty is a lifesaving procedure that uses state-of-the-art technology to quickly restore oxygen to the heart and reduce the likelihood of permanently damaged heart muscle. Once the severity of the blockage is determined, a catheter is inserted into the blocked artery and a balloon-like tip expands to clear the obstructed passage. This procedure offers a 50 percent better survival rate among patients who seek emergency cardiovascular medical attention. Unlike open-heart surgery, this procedure is minimally invasive and can be performed almost immediately without the need to transport patients to an open-heart facility.
Preferred over typical treatment that uses "clot-busting" drugs called fibrinolytics, Emergency Angioplasty is most effective when implemented within 90 minutes. To be able to preserve future heart function, it is critical that the amount of time elapsed between the onset of heart attack symptoms to treatment does not exceed 90 minutes.
In 2003, through stringent criteria, St. Mary Mercy was only the third community hospital in Michigan approved to perform Emergency Angioplasty since Michigan granted non-open heart surgery facilities the ability to perform this procedure. St. Mary Mercy's board certified cardiologists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to perform Emergency Angioplasty.
A national provision additionally requires St. Mary Mercy to establish a formal agreement with a hospital that routinely performs open-heart surgeries in the event that a patient requires such medical attention. St. Joseph Mercy, Ann Arbor, serves as St. Mary Mercy's tertiary facility.