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McLaren Macomb cardiologists successfully perform county’s first EkoSonic® thromboysis on pulmonary embolism

Published on Monday, March 28, 2016
M. Blair DeYoung, D.O

McLaren Macomb cardiologists successfully performed Macomb County’s first EkoSonic® Endovascular system with Acoustic Pulse Thrombolysis™, a unique procedure to break up blood clots that have formed in the circulatory system. The patient, diagnosed with pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs), was suffering symptoms associated with reduced blood flow, which could lead to death.

Compared to traditional catheter-driven and drug therapy techniques, the less invasive EkoSonic® approach utilizes a sophisticated catheter and an ultrasonic core to target and break up the clot, increasing its removal and enhancing clinical outcomes.

“Our patient was experiencing a range of symptoms—shortness of breath, shallow breathing, sharp pains in the chest—all associated with the blood clot,” said M. Blair DeYoung, D.O., an interventional cardiologist with McLaren Macomb. “Left untreated, this could have caused permanent damage to the lungs or even death. Breaking up the clot is essential, and using this new approach allows us to do that less invasively with less risk of complication, leading to positive outcomes.”

The procedure lowers the risk of bleeding and dissolves clots without damaging blood vessels, valves or artery walls.

The technology thins a clot’s fibrous outer mesh—called fibrin—using an acoustic pulse field to make the clot more porous while creating pressure, which transports a clot-dissolving drug deep inside the clot.

To learn more about heart care at McLaren Macomb, visit mclaren.org/macombheart.

About McLaren Macomb:
In January 2012, Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center became McLaren Macomb.

McLaren Macomb is a 288-bed acute care hospital located in Mount Clemens, Mich. More than 400 physicians and nearly 2,000 employees work at McLaren Macomb making it one of Macomb County’s top employers. McLaren Macomb provides a full range of services, including cancer and cardiovascular care. As Macomb County’s first verified trauma center, the hospital operates the busiest emergency department in Macomb County and is also an accredited chest pain center. McLaren Macomb has a rich history of providing high quality, compassionate health care and holds a strong position in the community it serves. To learn more, visit mclaren.org/macomb or subscribe to our blog mclaren.org/macombblog.


About McLaren Health Care:
McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the state. McLaren has 21,000 employees and more than 25,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 300 facilities serving a 54-county market and 75 percent of Michigan’s population. Learn more at mclaren.org.