Laser catheters are saving hearts and limbs
8/31/2015 2:44 PM
Central Texas Medical Center recently acquired laser artherectomy, or laser catheter, equipment to help pulverize plaque in blocked arteries. The laser catheter is a very important tool that gives cardiologists the ability to treat the most severe cases by making stents and balloons more deliverable.
Laser cath procedures are proving to be beneficial to patients in the long term. Clinical data shows a reduced incidence of re-blockage after a laser procedure.
In addition to saving hearts, Laser artherectomy is being used to restore blood flow to limbs. Many of the patients who benefit from these procedures are diabetic with non-healing ulcers. Because the nature of diabetes is very complicated, the laser allows us to reach places that would not be possible otherwise.
Laser artherectomy has provided great diversification to CTMC’s program. For more information about CTMC’s expanding cardiac and limb salvage programs, visit ctmcheart.com
About the Author:
Dr. Anthony Cedrone is a board certified cardiologist. After graduating from from Brooklyn College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY, he fulfilled an internship and residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. He completed fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at North Shore-LIJ HealthySystem in Manhasset, NY, before becoming a full-time interventional cardiologist at Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, TX.