Bruce Barton, a patient at The Miriam Hospital, was faced with multiple blocked arteries and the possibility of losing a toe, foot or part of his leg. He tried eight failed attempts at clearing the blockages before being introduced to Cardiac Shockwave Therapy, a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes high frequency ultrasonic waves to crack and fissure calcium deposits in the arteries.

According to Dr. Peter Soukas, director of peripheral vascular interventional laboratory at The Miriam Hospital, Cardiac Shockwave Therapy is one of the most important breakthroughs in the cardiovascular space in the past decade. This innovative research has led to an FDA approved treatment for calcium blockages in coronary and leg arteries.

Soukas explains that this procedure is designed to prep the vessels before following up with a drug coated balloon or stent for extended durability of the outcome. The Miriam Hospital has been involved in clinical trials for Cardiac Shockwave Therapy since 2017 and has seen positive results in over 500 cases. Since receiving the treatment, Barton has reported being able to walk three miles rather than just 100 yards.

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