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(PUEBLO, COLO.) Surgeons at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center recently performed southeastern Colorado’s first laser atherectomy, a new treatment option available for heart and vascular patients bringing hope to individuals across southeastern Colorado suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD) and other diseases of the heart. Compared to traditional therapies, the
next generation laser technology known as Turbo-Power™ is a highly accurate and
effective alternative to more traditional treatment methods giving the
physician the ability to safely remove plaque from the blood vessels within the
Laser atherectomy, a vaporizing
technology that breaks down stubborn blockages in the blood stream, is an
important option for patients with blocked arteries in the heart or limbs. By
restoring blood, the procedure can improve a patient’s mobility and reduce the
risk of amputation. For patients with coronary artery disease, the laser is
used to remove plaque and prepare the blood vessel for a stent.
“Laser atherectomy advances our
commitment to delivering unprecedented cardiovascular care to the local
community, arming physicians with innovations that improve outcomes for
patients, saving lives and limbs from the threat of amputation,” said Johanna
Shearer, director, imaging and cath lab services, St. Mary-Corwin Medical
Center. “We’re proud to have recently performed the area’s first atherectomy
using the Turbo-Power™ technology and paving the way for high-quality care for
the heart and vascular patient.”
According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), the incidence of PAD is increased by risk factors
including smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol and
occurs most often among those age 60 and older. PAD affects at least eight to
12 million Americans, and detection and superior treatment remain key in
improving the lives of patients suffering from such diseases.
St. Mary-Corwin recently expanded its vascular services to include
a state-of-the-art vascular theater with advanced imaging capabilities
designed to enhance surgeons’ ability to deliver the best possible outcomes for
vascular patients. The high-tech operating room is sleek in design, has
powerful computing capabilities and provides enhanced visualization through HD
monitors resulting in the ultimate surgical experience for patients and
more information or to schedule an appointment with a vascular specialist visit St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center website.
About St. Mary-Corwin Medical CenterSt. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is nationally recognized for its
award-winning programs in women’s services, orthopedics, cancer, cardiology,
stroke, trauma and emergency services. St. Mary-Corwin’s expert team of
physicians, nurses and caregivers provide compassionate, quality patient care,
with access to the latest in medical technology. St. Mary-Corwin is part of
Centura Health, the region’s leading health care network. For more information
visit St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center or
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