January/February 2008

Saint Joseph Offers New Treatment for Peripheral Arterial Disease

Saint Joseph Heart Institute, part of Saint Joseph Health System, based in Lexington, Ky., is one of the first hospitals in the nation to offer a new treatment for peripheral arterial disease. The Diamondback 360 device uses a rotating, diamond-coated crown to sand away plaque inside blood vessels, opening blood flow and restoring circulation in the legs of patients who suffer from the disease. The device is less than half the size of an artery, making it effective for tiny arteries below the knee. “Up until now, we haven’t had an effective tool for penetrating and effectively removing tough, calcified plaque within arteries that causes blood flow to be restricted,” said Avi Eres, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Saint Joseph East hospital. “With this tool, I can offer patients almost instantaneous improvement in restoring mobility, relieving pain and/or healing wounds.” For more information, contact Jeff Murphy of Saint Joseph HealthCare at jmurphy@sjhlex.org.