If a blood vessel is even 95 percent of the way blocked, it can be successfully opened with angioplasty or stents, he said. But when those vessels are totally blocked, the success rate plummets to about 20 to 30 percent.
That changed in 2013, when Dr. Wohns and a fellow Spectrum Health Medical Group cardiologist, Kevin Wolschleger, MD, became trained specialists in a new set of nonsurgical technologies and strategies developed to treat Chronic Total Occlusions.
Spectrum Health was one of the first health care systems in Michigan to adopt the techniques.
For more, visit SpectrumHealth.org/heart or call them at 616-885-5000.