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Groundbreaking Therapy for Clogged Arteries Sparks Discussion within Cardiovascular Field


Nov 21, 2023

According to Dr. Peter Soukas, the director of peripheral vascular interventional laboratory at The Miriam Hospital, Cardiac Shockwave Therapy is one of the most significant breakthroughs in the cardiovascular space in recent years. This innovative research has led to an FDA approved treatment for calcium blockages in coronary and leg arteries, providing hope for those like Bruce Barton.

Barton was faced with multiple blocked arteries and the possibility of losing a toe, foot or part of his leg before receiving Cardiac Shockwave Therapy at The Miriam Hospital. Soukas explains that calcium blockages are a major obstacle in treating arterial blockages, and Barton’s experience highlights this challenge. He underwent eight failed attempts at clearing the blockages before finding relief with this minimally invasive procedure.

Cardiac Shockwave Therapy utilizes high frequency ultrasonic waves to crack and fissure calcium deposits in the arteries. The procedure is designed to prepare the vessels for follow-up with a drug coated balloon or stent for extended durability of the outcome. The Miriam Hospital has been involved in clinical trials for Cardiac Shockwave Therapy since 2017 and has seen positive results in over 500 cases. Since receiving the treatment, Barton has reported being able to walk three miles rather than just 100 yards.

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