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Groundbreaking Therapy for Clogged Arteries Sparks Excitement in Cardiovascular Professionals


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 important 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, which can be a major obstacle in treating arterial blockages.

One beneficiary of this treatment is Bruce Barton, who was faced with multiple blocked arteries and the possibility of losing a toe, foot or part of his leg. Constant pain and eight failed attempts at clearing the blockages led him to seek help at The Miriam Hospital. There, he was introduced to a minimally invasive procedure called Cardiac Shockwave Therapy, which utilizes high frequency ultrasonic waves to crack and fissure calcium deposits in the arteries.

Dr. Soukas explains that this therapy is designed to prep the vessels before following 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, making it a highly effective option for those suffering from calcium blockages in their arteries.

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