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McLaren Macomb creates Pulmonary Embolism Response Team, first in Macomb County

Published on Thursday, June 16, 2016
Dr. M. Blair DeYoung

McLaren Macomb, the 288-bed, Mount Clemens-based hospital, has established the Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT) to utilize the latest technology to quickly treat pulmonary embolisms (PE). Composed of cardiologists, pulmonologists, emergency medicine physicians and vascular surgeons, the goal of McLaren Macomb PERT is to reduce long-term symptoms of patients with pulmonary embolisms — a blood clot blocking flow in one of the pulmonary arteries.

A growing trend across the nation, McLaren Macomb PERT is the first team of its kind in Macomb County.

Through a collaboration between the McLaren cardiologists and vascular surgeons, McLaren Macomb PERT is able to treat patients from McLaren Clarkston, McLaren Oakland and McLaren Port Huron.

“Until recently, PE treatments were mainly medication-based with few, invasive procedures,” said M. Blair DeYoung, D.O., interventional cardiologist with the McLaren Cardiovascular Institute and organizer of McLaren Macomb PERT. “Now, having access to innovative technology, minimally-invasive procedures are available to us to treat this condition quicker, restoring blood flow and setting the patient up for reduced symptoms and a higher quality of life in the long-term.”

The formal PERT team activation process will begin with a patient arriving at one of the facilities — by ambulance or other means — presenting with symptoms consistent with PE (chest pain, lightheadedness, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath). Upon confirmation via CAT scan, the team is activated. If needed, patients will be transferred via ambulance to McLaren Macomb interventional area for treatment

The patient will then undergo the EkoSonic® Endovascular procedure — of which McLaren Macomb was the first in the county to perform — to break up the clot, speeding up its removal and enhancing clinical outcomes.

To learn more about the McLaren Cardiovascular Institute and heart care at McLaren Macomb, visit

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 or subscribe to our blog

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