1. The use of drug coated stents in the peripheral vascular system to prevent restenosis.
In this Drug-Eluting Stent Trial, a surgeon makes an incision in the groin and guides a stent to the narrowed artery with a catheter. The stent is deployed and expands to stay in place to help keep the artery open after the catheter is withdrawn. The stent is coated with the drug paclitaxel, which is released into the vessel to help prevent the renarrowing of the artery over time.
2. Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair with stent grafts.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms can be repaired with minimal invasive technique using stent graft, which avoid the problems associated with conventional surgery. Several studies involve the use of new devices to prevent aneurysm rupture, and make the procedure available to a larger number of patients.
3. The use of carotid artery stent for the treatment of carotid artery disease.
The use of carotid artery stents is a new technology and we are involved with research into the placement of these stents to prevent strokes.
4. The use of stem cell for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease and to prevent leg amputations.
Some patients with peripheral vascular disease have no good treatment options using current surgical or endovascular techniques. Many are faced with the future prospect of amputation. Transplantation of the patients own stem cell from their blood may allow new vessels to grow and prevent limb loss.
For more information regarding participating in these trials ask you physician, or call Aubrey Harman, ARNP, research coordinator at 407-648-4323