FLORIDA - BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.) is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, fibrous tissue, and other substances in the blood.
When plaque builds up in the body's arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis. Over time, plaque can harden and narrow the arteries. This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and other parts of your body. (Source: www.nhlbi.nih.gov)
P.A.D. PROBLEMS: People with diabetes are at greater risk for severe PAD and are five times more likely to have an amputation.
-The risk of limb loss due to PAD increases with age.
-People 65 or older are two to three times more likely to undergo amputation.
-Men with PAD are twice as likely to undergo an amputation as women who have PAD.
-Certain racial and ethnic groups are at increased risk of amputation (i.e., African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans), as they are at increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
THE OCELOT: CONNECT II is a multi-center, non-randomized global clinical study evaluatIing Ocelot, the first-ever interventional device that allows physicians that treat PAD to drill through totally blocked arteries in the legs while using an integrated camera to see from inside the artery.
-Ocelot is aptly named to honor the cat that possesses excellent night vision.
-Traditionally, physicians had only an X-ray to see outside an artery; but with the help of Ocelot they're able to see from inside it.
-Using two-dimensional X-rays is like using a printed map to guide the procedure.
-You can look ahead of time to plan your route and try and predict what roadblocks you might face.
(Source: Detroit Medical Center)