In a recent editorial in VEIN Magazine, vascular surgeon Paul van Bemmelen discusses why one new therapy deserves more consideration from the medical community: the ArtAssist® device.
Many physicians are skeptical of this recently re-invented modality to non-invasively treat blocked arteries in the legs and feet. While it is reasonable to want to steer clear of medical “miracle products,” evidence supporting the ArtAssist® device’s efficacy is substantial and continues to grow.
Van Bemmelen cites several clinical trials from multiple centers focused on patients with intermittent claudication (walking pain) and critical limb ischemia (when the limb is threatened by lack of blood flow). In some trials, patients did not have the option of surgery to restore blood flow. The conventional alternative would have been eventual amputation.
With this new knowledge about the ArtAssist® device’s capabilities, van Bemmelen asserts that vascular specialists are running out of valid reasons to deem patients untreatable.
Read the article in its entirety at this link: http://www.veindirectory.org/magazine/article/artassist_arterial
Paul van Bemmelen, MD, PhD is professor of surgery and practices vascular and endovascular surgery in Philadelphia, PA. He used the first ArtAssist® device prototypes on patients.
To learn more about ArtAssist®…The Arterial Assist Device® and the ordering process, visit ArtAssist® device homepage and explore the menu: http://acimedical.com/artassist/
The ArtAssist® device is a home-use medical treatment designed to increase arterial blood flow, promoting wound healing, limb salvage and collateralization (arteriogenesis).
Prospective clinical studies mentioned in the editorial:
- “Using intermittent pneumatic compression therapy to improve quality of life for symptomatic patients with infrapopliteal diffuse peripheral obstructive disease.” Chang ST, Hsu JT, Chu CM, Pan KL, Jang SJ, Lin PC, Hsu HC, Huang KC. Circ J. 2012;76(4):971-6. Epub 2012 Feb 4. Division of Orthopedic Surgery, Chia-Yi Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Pu-TZ City, Chai-Yi Hsien, Taiwan.
- “The Results of the Sequential Compression Biomechanical Device in Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia and Nonreconstructible Peripheral Vascular Disease.” Sultan, S.; Hamada, N.; Soylu, E.; Fahy, A.; Hynes, N.; and Tawfick, W. Dept. Vasc. And Endovasc. Surg., Western Vascular Institute, and Dept. Vasc. And Endovasc. Surg. Galway Clinic, Galway, Ireland. Presented at the 2010 Vascular Annual Meeting of Society for Vascular Surgery, Boston, Mass., June 14, 2010. J Vasc Surg 2011;54:440-7.
- “A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Limb Salvage Trial Using the ArtAssist Pneumatic Compression Device.” George Louridas, MD. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 2006.