Dr. Veerina Teaches Peripheral Vascular Disease Treatment

10/5/2015

OPELOUSAS GENERAL HEALTH SYSTEM AND CARDIOVASCULAR INSTITUTE OF THE SOUTH, (CIS) TEACH OTHER PHYSICIANS VIA LIVE SATELLITE BROADCAST

Opelousas, La, 10/05/15  –  Dr. Kalyan Veerina, Interventional Cardiologist at Cardiovascular Institute of the South performed cases on patients that were broadcasted by a live satellite feed Friday for the Cardiovascular Systems Inc. (CSI) “Calcium Summit” in New Orleans, La.  A group of thirty interventional cardiologists and interventional nephrologists were in attendance to learn this revolutionary technology in the treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)-(lower extremity blockage).  Dr. Veerina is a pioneer in this technique.

“Opelousas General Health System is the only facility doing live cases for this unique “Calcium Summit” conference in New Orleans.  One goal of the cases is to treat highly calcified, hardened arteries by the Diamond Back Orbital Atherectomy Catheters.  We at OGHS did the first cases in both the heart and legs in the state,” Veerina said. 

This live procedure allows physicians from all over the U.S. to be trained in this technique. 

It is predicted that 70% of patients who suffer from coronary artery disease will typically have some form of peripheral vascular disease.  Additionally, when one leg has blockage, the opposite limb is likely to have it.

Symptoms of PVD include pain and cramping when walking and redness around the affected site.  Treatment involves clearing out the blockage via an orbital catheter to allow blood flow to return to normal.  Once PVD treatment is performed, the patient is usually allowed to be discharged the same day.  It is relatively non-invasive, so there is little to no recovery time.

If you experience pain and cramping in your legs, it could be caused from a blockage and you may be a candidate for this treatment.  Call Cardiovascular Institute of the South at 337-942-3006 or the Catheterization Lab at OGHS at 948-5195.

 

Pictured from left are: Dr. Kalyan Veerina, Interventional Cardiologist and Kevin Latiolais, Cardiovascular Technician

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