Another First for OGHS and Cardiovascular Institute of the South!


    Opelousas General Health System (OGHS) and Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) are the first in the state of Louisiana toprovide revolutionary technology for cardiac patients.  Earlier this month, the first procedure was done in the OGHS Catheterization Lab.  The percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty procedure uses new balloon technology that features scalloping.  The balloon is constrained upon inflation by a nitinol cage.
    The goal of using this technology versus others is that arteries can be opened from blockage with less damage to the actual artery, thus preventing placing multiple stents for the same outcome.
    "The Chocolate Balloon is an excellent option for treating complex blockages in both the heart and leg arteries.  We are excited to bring this new technology for our patients at Opelousas General," said Dr. Kal Veerina, interventional cardiologist at OGHS.  
    For more information on this procedure, contact Chris Horton, Director of the Cath Lab at 337-948-5195.

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