Bay Medical Announces New Technology For Stroke Prevention
Oct 19, 2011
Christa Dean Hild
Panama City, Florida — Bay Medical announced today the use of a new technology to treat carotid artery disease in patients deemed high-risk for surgery. The Mo.Ma Ultra Proximal Cerebral Protection Device is used during a minimally invasive catheterization procedure to prevent plaque debris in the carotid artery from traveling into the brain and causing a stroke.
When the carotid arteries that take blood to the brain are obstructed, patients are at an increased risk for stroke, the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Carotid stenting is a procedure that inserts wire mesh tubes to prop open the arteries and improve blood flow and is a common treatment for carotid artery disease caused by buildup of fatty substances and plaque. These stents are placed using a catheter. The cardiologist makes a small incision to gain access to the arteries and guides the catheter through the vessels using live action x-ray to reach the site of the blockage without an invasive surgery.
Mo.Ma Ultra is a proximal protection device, which temporarily stops the blood flow to the brain while the stent is being placed to prevent plaque debris from traveling into and clogging the smaller blood vessels in the brain and causing a stroke. The device works using small balloons which are inflated in the external carotid artery and the common carotid artery to suspend blood flow during the stenting process. These balloons act like surgical clamps, protecting the brain during the procedure. Guide wires, stents and balloon catheters are used in this protected environment to open the clogged or narrowed area of the artery through the Mo.Ma Ultra Device, which provides access like a sheath. Following the placement of the stent to hold the artery open, the suspended blood is then suctioned away along with any plaque debris to complete the procedure safely.
Interventional Cardiologist Amir Haghighat, M.D. was the first to use the device at Bay Medical. “I am very pleased to have access to this tool here at Bay Medical,” says Dr. Haghighat. “We are able to provide our highest risk carotid disease patients with a level of care similar to that in select major academic centers. Bay Medical continues to do the right thing for our patients by making these advanced technologies available to us.”
For more information on Dr. Haghighat and the use of Mo.Ma Ultra, please call (850)747-6542.
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