In a recent press release, Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. announced that a new treatment for peripheral arterial disease has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
This disease occurs when someone has blocked arteries in their legs and their blood doesn’t flow like it should This blockage is often caused by plaque. The new treatment unblocks plaque so the blood flow will be normal.
New treatment for peripheral arterial disease
A new device, the Diamondback 360, lets physicians improve the care that PAD patients receive. The Diamondback 360 has a unique way of treating PAD. There is a diamond tip in the shape of a crown attached to the machine. The tips of the crown point out, towards the blocked artery. The base of the crown is attached to the “drill.”
When the crown on the Diamondback 360 spins rapidly, it works almost like a drill or sander because it sands away plaque! The healthy tissues of the arterial wall aren’t affected and remain intact and untouched.
Surgeons around the country have begun using this procedure to help their patients who suffer from peripheral arterial disease.
About peripheral arterial disease
It’s estimated that 8 to 12 million Americans have this disease. The most common cause of this disease is from fatty deposits build up in the arterial walls, reducing blood flow. Most people who have it, don’t even know.
Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood away from our hearts. This blood has oxygen in it, which our cells need for survival. Without adequate oxygen, our cells could begin to die, and our skin could die without treatment.
Arteries can become blocked in many different parts of our body. When the arteries in our limbs are blocked, it’s called peripheral arterial disease.
Risk factors for peripheral arterial disease
According to the Mayo Clinic, these factors increase your risk of developing peripheral arterial disease:
-Being older than age 50
-Having high blood pressure or a family history of it
-Having high cholesterol or a family history of it or high triglycerides, a blood fat
Symptoms of peripheral arterial disease
According to the American Heart Association, (AHA), symptoms of peripheral arterial disease include, “A painful cramping in the hips, thighs or calves when walking, climbing stairs or exercising.” They state that peripheral arterial disease causes leg pain in the muscles, not joints. Many people have some type of leg pain and dismiss it as “age.” It might be PAD instead.
If you have any concerns about your health, your best bet is to talk with your doctor about your concerns.