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Recently FDA Approved OAS is Less Invasive and Offers Quicker Recovery Time
September 16, 2014  | 

Hobart, IN – Heart patient Geraldine Leka is tickled pink and feeling great again after a new minimally-invasive procedure to treat a life-threatening condition. St. Mary Medical Center cardiologist Arif Khalil, MD, is among the first in Indiana to use the FDA approved Diamondback 360°® Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System (OAS) to treat severely blocked coronary arteries. 

“I have had high-blood pressure for more than 13 years, but during the past four or five months I was having chest pains on and off as well as difficulty breathing while doing everyday tasks like getting dressed,” Leka said. “After several medications failed and a stress test, Dr. Khalil asked me to come in for consultation. The procedure was performed June 25 at St. Mary Medical Center. The instant he was finished I felt 100 percent better. It was a good thing I came in when I did – I had a 90 percent blockage in my heart.”

“We used the Diamondback device to ‘sand away’ hardened plaque – the calcified matter that builds up on the inside walls of the blood vessels,” Khalil explains. “It is a safer, less invasive way to perform angioplasty and stenting to treat the blockage which can become more complicated with alternative techniques available.”

Diamondback 360° is a minimally invasive procedure that saves time and reduces the patient’s risk for complications in comparison to bypass graft surgery, Khalil says. Continue>

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