The Heart Hospital of Austin has shown locals how committed it is to improving heart health by being voted Texas' number one heart program for six consecutive years, providing an essential service to residents of Austin, TX. Considering that 40% of every healthcare dollar goes to treating heart and cardiac conditions and that countless lives are lost every year due to stroke and heart disease, this is no mean feat. Shortly before the hospital announced it would be extending free heart screenings for student athletes in August 2012, the Heart Hospital of Austin announced that a landmark procedure would be made available at the hospital. The new Ocelot procedure, currently on a trial basis, promises to offer cardiac patients suffering from PAD a new lease on life, and a quick recovery after which they can return to their Austin, Texas homes.
Three doctors at the hospital have taken part in a worldwide clinical trial, which enables them to treat PAD (peripheral artery disease) using a new technology called Ocelot. This procedure means that amputations and bypass surgeries may become a thing of the past. High incidences of PAD have resulted in approximately 2000 amputations every year, and many of them can be avoided now.
Ocelot is a Chronic Total Occlusion-crossing catheter procedure that gives the doctors access to blocked peripheral vessels and also ensures they have a visual guide during the procedure.
Arteries that are completely blocked, and which may have caused the patient to have an amputation, can now be accessed and cleared by creating a simple 2-mm incision. For medical professionals interested in the procedure, and those wanting to make a difference by using their ACLS skills, the Heart Hospital of Austin creates the perfect environment where the focus is on minimally invasive therapies and procedures that can improve a patient's quality of life to a great extent.
PAD affects 8 to 12 million people in the United States. It causes blockages in the arteries leading to the hands and feet, and often requires an amputation because bypass surgery is risky and dangerous. People who are over the age of 50 have had, in the past, very high chances of needing an amputation. Ocelot is a minimally invasive procedure and most patients can expect a quick recovery, returning to home a few hours after successful completion.
For medical professionals with ACLS cards that want to be at the cutting edge of cardiac science and technology Austin seems to be the place to be.