Cardiology Firsts at Beaumont

The prominence of a medical facility is often defined by the discoveries pioneered by its medical teams. Here are just a few of Beaumont's significant contributions to the advancement of cardiac care.

1974-75 First in the world to develop active and passive fixation of pacemaker leads

1979 First non-university hospital to use intracoronary streptokinase to dissolve blockages in heart arteries

1984 Performed first randomized study of angioplasty as treatment for heart attack

1988 First U.S. hospital to use rotational atherectomy to open heart blockages

1989 First in the world to install high-resolution HICOR cardiac imaging equipment

1991 Only hospital to successfully perform triple valvuloplasty in pregnancy

1992 First hospital in the world to use an X-ray imaging technique to identify a fractured heart valve and successfully remove it

1996 First U.S. hospital to use vein allograft stents

1997 First hospital to combine angiography with minimally-invasive heart bypass surgery in the operating room

1997 First U.S. hospital to use heparin-coated stents as therapy for acute heart attacks

1997 First hospital in Michigan, second in the U.S., to perform a new laser revascularization therapy called Percutaneous Transluminal Myocardial Revascularization (PTMR)

1998 First hospital in Michigan to use gene therapy as a treatment for heart blockages

2000 First in the world to use an experimental treatment using liquid oxygen to improve heart function after a heart attack

2000 First in the world to test ethyl alcohol to prevent repeat blockages in heart vessels

2001 First in North America to use an experimental heart-cooling treatment to lessen the damage caused by a heart attack

2002 Beaumont Cardiac Surgeons are the first in Metro Detroit to offer Medtronic Colvin-Galloway FutureTM Bands to patients with mitral valve insufficiency.

2002 Beaumont Cardiac Surgeons are the first in the Midwest to implant the Medtronic AdvantageTM prosthetic heart valve.

2003 First in the world to use stem cells from a patient's own blood to try to repair the damage caused by a heart attack

2003 Beaumont is the first and only cardiac surgery program in Michigan to perform robotic cardiac surgery.

2003 Beaumont is the first to use the latest technology in the treatment of atrial fibrillation and is moving toward a less invasive and total cure for atrial fibrillation.

2005 First in the U.S. to implant an Aortic Valve Percutaneously