Dr. Laham Presents Ground Breaking Research
A new method to interpret the severity of some coronary heart blockages was
presented at a national meeting by physician Dr. Charles Laham, of the HFM Heart
and Vascular Center and is getting national coverage in major health
Through a series of studies over the last seven years, research
originally designed and begun in Iowa by Charles Laham, MD, FACC, FRCPC, FSCAI,
associate of the Midwest Cardiovascular Research Foundation, Davenport, IA and
currently an interventional cardiologist at Holy Family Memorial (HFM) in
Manitowoc, WI has made progress in identifying the severity of difficult to
There has been concern that fast film speed has
occasionally led cardiologists to under-recognize some potentially severe
blockages as being less significant, and thus not treated.
have suggested that as many as 20-50% of blockages may be more significantly
narrowed than originally detected by traditional prior methods.
Laham, chief investigator of the study, presented two late breaking “Best of the
Best” in categories of “Hidden Lesions” and “Precision Plaque Severity
Predictor” studies from this pioneering work at the Society for Cardiac
Angiography and Intervention meeting in Las Vegas on May 29-30, 2014.
This technique has the potential to improve the reliability of coronary
angiography, may lead to further studies and once validated, may be adopted as a
regularly utilized new method for interpreting some difficult to identify
The presentation of these findings by Dr. Laham comes
at the same time as HFM receiving a Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality
Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for heart attack
Manitowoc County is very fortunate to have one of WI’s great teams
for helping those with heart attacks; and this team now has pioneering access to
the world’s most advanced tools to detect severe heart blockages that have often
been missed at other leading centers.
Dr. Laham and the cardiologists at
the HFM Heart and Vascular Center are available for second opinions to persons
who continue to have unsolved heart disease symptoms. Call 920-320-3000 for more
information or visit www.hfmhealth.org/heart.