Largo Medical Center is the first hospital in Pinellas County helping rid patients of blood clots in arteries or veins in or near their heart through a new minimally-invasive procedure using the Indigo(R) System CAT RX Aspiration Catheter. This device allows physicians to navigate a powerful "vacuum-like" catheter that evacuates life-threatening blood clots, reducing the need for the use of clot-busting drugs, essentially fighting off a heart attack.
"Blood clots in the coronary arteries have had limited treatment options until now," said Merrill Krolick, DO, Interventional Cardiologist, Largo Medical Center. "In my experience with this new technology here at Largo Medical Center, we now have the ability to remove these difficult-to-access, life-threatening clots quickly and efficiently, potentially reducing the risk of heart damage or a heart attack." With this system, Dr. Krolick said he can better visualize an underlying heart blockage.
"At Largo Medical Center we are proud to provide procedures like this one which lowers the risk of surgical complications and improves patient outcomes," said Anthony Degina, CEO, Largo Medical Center.
When blood clots develop in a peripheral artery or vein, they can block blood flow to the heart, lungs, and other parts of the body, which can cause limb loss, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, heart attack, or death. A heart attack can occur when a clot blocks delivery of oxygen-rich blood through one or more of the coronary arteries, thereby damaging heart muscle. Signs and symptoms of a heart attack can vary between men and women. They may include:
- Chest pain
- Nausea or "flu-like" symptoms
- Perspiring (sweating)
- Pain under the arm
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Jaw or neck pain
- Irregular/rapid heartbeat
- Numbness in arms or hands
About 720,000 people in the United States suffer heart attacks every year. At Largo Medical Center, Interventional Cardiologists, Merrill Krolick, DO, Jesse Klein, DO and Amit Srivastava, MD perform this minimally-invasive life-saving procedure.