Baptist Jacksonville area’s first to provide new peripheral artery disease treatment
First FDA-approved drug coated balloon available
October 16, 2014 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville is the first in north Florida to use a new treatment for peripheral artery disease (PAD), which causes plaque to build up in the arteries carrying blood to the head, organs and limbs.
Millions of Americans have peripheral artery disease. If untreated, it can lead to severe blockage in the arteries of the legs or feet, and eventually could result in amputation.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the LUTONIX ® 035 Drug Coated Balloon PTA Catheter. This is the first drug-coated balloon used to re-open arteries in the thigh and knee that have become narrowed or blocked as a result of peripheral artery disease.
Vascular surgeon Erin Moore, MD, director of vascular and endovascular surgery at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, who performed the first procedure Wednesday, said the new treatment allows medication to be released onto the inner surface of the vessel to limit the amount of scarring that occurs following the procedure.
“The coating of medication on the inside of the vessel will allow less of a chance of scarring and less of a chance of narrowing of the blood vessel,” Dr. Moore said. “One of the most common causes of reoccurrence is from scarring, not plaque.”
Without the new treatment, many patients typically need another procedure in one or two years because of scarring, Dr. Moore said.
“Our hope for these patients is that when we do an intervention it will last longer,” Dr. Moore said. “We are doing something that has more longevity and more durability.”
The LUTONIX® 035 combines an angioplasty balloon coated with a low dose of Paclitaxel to improve blood flow in blocked vessels and help prevent recurrent narrowing of the arteries.
James Sanders, 68, of Savannah, Ga., was the first patient to be treated at Baptist Jacksonville with the drug coated balloon catheter. Sanders, who was diagnosed with diabetes in 1995, has been dealing with right leg pain from peripheral artery disease and a wound on his right ankle. He had a previous procedure last year in Georgia to open up his arteries, but said it was not successful.
“This is the first time my leg has been warm in years. It feels good,” Sanders said following the procedure. “I feel lucky to be the first to have the procedure. I hope it can help others too.”
Some risk factors for peripheral artery disease, according to the American Heart Association, include:
- High blood pressure or high cholesterol
- Age (typically in 60s, 70s and 80s)
- Family history of peripheral artery disease