April 16, 2021
A heart doctor in Caldwell is one of the first in the treasure valley to successfully use shockwaves to treat coronary artery disease. This FDA approved innovative technology is the newest treatment option available to patients at West Valley Medical Center with severely calcified coronary artery disease.
“I’m very grateful for advanced technologies like this one, because we sometimes see deposits of calcium in the walls of the blocked arteries, and opening those blockages up can be very challenging. With the use of shockwaves, we are able to treat some of the toughest blockages in the arteries, whether it be in the heart or elsewhere in the body” said Dr. Saeed Payvar, MD, FACC., West Valley Medical Center.
The technology uses sonic pressure waves, also known as shockwaves that pass through soft arterial tissue and disrupt deposits of calcium in the vessel wall. After “softening up” the calcium, the artery can be expanded at low pressure and a stent is then safely implanted to improve blood flow, with minimal trauma to normal arterial tissue. Dr. Payvar was the first in the state to utilize this same treatment for patients with peripheral arterial disease in 2018. Peripheral arterial disease is a circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to a patient’s limbs.
“This latest advancement makes it possible for us to provide an even higher level of service than ever before to our patients here in Caldwell,” said Dr. Payvar.
“We are thrilled to have this device at West Valley Medical Center. It gives our patients even more options when it comes to heart procedures. We are consistently looking for ways to offer more to our community and bringing in new, innovative technologies like this one, is just one of the ways we can do that,” said Lance Floyd, director of cardiac services, West Valley Medical Center.