New Treatment at Methodist Charlton Clears Severe Plaque from Clogged Arteries

Methodist Charlton Medical Center is one of only two Dallas hospitals offering a new treatment that clears severe plaque from clogged arteries. The cardiac catheterization laboratory at Methodist Charlton recently performed its first case using the Diamondback 360® Orbital Atherectomy System, an innovative device used to clear severe calcium buildup that causes hardening and narrowing of the arteries. Once the buildup is cleared, a stent can more easily and safely be placed in the diseased artery to keep it open. Left untreated, blocked arteries can lead to a heart attack.

“This is brand-new medical technology for treating complex blockages in the heart, particularly calcified arteries,” says Manish Patel, MD, the independently practicing interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Methodist Charlton who performed the hospital’s first case. “With this new device, we can sand down the calcium to open the blockage and place a stent with optimal apposition, instead of having to perform heart bypass surgery.” Dr. Patel adds that the device allows increased precision in placing a stent, which means better outcomes for the patient, as well as lower treatment costs and fewer hospital readmissions. According to estimates, significant arterial calcium is present in nearly 40 percent of patients undergoing a stent procedure.

The device applies the basic principles of centrifugal force to orbit around the periphery of the vessel wall. As it moves, its diamond-coated crown sands calcium deposits into tiny microparticles that the bloodstream can naturally flush away, restoring blood flow.

Previously, limited options were available to successfully treat severe calcium buildup. Diamondback is the first new coronary system for calcium removal in severely calcified arteries in more than 20 years.

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