Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - Dr. Laham Presents Ground Breaking Research

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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 journals.

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 detect blockages.

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.

Other studies have suggested that as many as 20-50% of blockages may be more significantly narrowed than originally detected by traditional prior methods.

Dr. 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 coronary blockages.

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 care.

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
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