Highlands Health System Announces PCI Program
October 30, 2017
Prestonsburg, KY - Highlands Health System recently announced their new Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, or PCI, services in its cardiac cath lab at Highlands Regional Medical Center. HRMC received approval to perform PCI services from the state of Kentucky in January of 2017 and has been operating under a “soft start” since September. As of November 1, PCI services will be in full operation with 24/7 coverage.
PCI is a non-surgical procedure that uses a thin flexible tube (catheter) to access blood vessels in the heart that are narrowed or blocked by plaque buildup to reopen them. PCI procedures are performed by Interventional Cardiologists, and restore blood flow through the heart without using open heart surgery. Stents can be placed in the arteries if necessary to impede future plaque buildup.
The PCI program will allow patients in Eastern Kentucky to remain close to home when in need of life saving services they may have had to drive long distances for otherwise. Offering PCI services will also decrease costly ambulance transfers, delays in care, and duplicative testing for patients.
“Making PCI services available is a huge step for cardiac care in our region,” said Michael Seawell, Interventional Cardiologist for Highlands Heart and Vascular. “Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Kentucky, which makes it imperative that patients are able to get the quick care they need, when they need it.”
Highlands Heart and Vascular is located on the fourth floor the Highlands Medical Office Building in Prestonsburg in Suite 4201. For an appointment, call (606) 889-6210.