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FWBMC Becomes The FIRST and ONLY Hospital Between Tallahassee and Pensacola to Use New Technology for Treating Coronary Artery Disease

February, 2016, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center became one of the first in the country, and the only one between Tallahassee and Pensacola to use the Diamondback 360® Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System (OAS) from Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI). The Diamondback 360® Coronary OAS uses a patented combination of differential sanding and centrifugal force to reduce arterial calcium that can cause complications when treating Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), a life-threatening condition. Arterial calcium is a common occurrence and can lead to significant complications; with moderate to severe arterial calcium present in nearly 40 percent of patients undergoing a percutaneous coronary intervention in the U.S.

Spearheaded by Dr. Michael Yandel, Dr. Juan Zarate and Dr. Anthony Al-Dehneh, the Heart Center at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center recently became the first facility between Tallahassee and Pensacola to use the Diamondback 360® Coronary OAS from Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI). This technology is the first evidence-based, safe device approved by the FDA for treating severely calcified coronary lesions. Physicians Yandel, Zarate and Al-Dehneh have treated twelve patients to date using the Diamondback 360®.

"Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is at the leading edge of innovative cardiac care, and selected the revolutionary technology based on studies of its safety and effectiveness in treating severely calcified coronary lesions," said Mitch Mongell, CEO. "The Diamondback 360® Coronary OAS provides our patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention procedures with the first evidence-based option approved by the FDA for this difficult to treat patient population."

The Diamondback 360® Coronary OAS is an eccentrically mounted 1.25-millimeter diamond-coated crown that sands away calcium in severely calcified coronary arteries, enabling stent deployment. As the crown rotates and orbit increases, centrifugal force presses the crown against the lesion, reducing arterial calcium, while healthy tissue flexes away.

"This new technology provides patients undergoing coronary intervention on severely calcified arteries the first ever treatment approved by the FDA for this high risk patient population," explains Dr. Al-Dehneh, Medical Director of the Heart Center at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. "This Roto-Rooter-like device helps the cardiologist safely remove most of the calcium build-up and thereby facilitates both the delivery and expansion of a stent within the blocked coronary artery."

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