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Peripheral Artery Disease

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute provides peripheral artery disease screening, diagnosis, prevention and treatment services. Our physicians work with you to help you manage and treat the disease before it has serious consequences. Our goal is to improve your health and quality of life.

In the early stages, peripheral artery disease (PAD) can be treated with simple lifestyle changes that include regular exercise, healthier eating and stopping smoking.

Angioplasty. If your disease progresses, Institute interventional radiologists can treat it using angioplasty. The doctor threads a catheter through a femoral artery in your groin to reach your blocked leg artery. Guided by X-ray images, the doctor inflates a tiny balloon to open the blockage and restore blood flow.

Stenting. Often in combination with angioplasty, a doctor will also place a tiny mesh-like cylinder called a stent inside the artery. The stent supports the wall of your artery from inside to keep it open and maintain blood flow.

Surgical Treatment. Limb salvage surgery is another PAD treatment option. A vascular surgeon reroutes the blood vessels of your legs or arms around blockages to restore blood flow. The goal of this treatment – also called peripheral bypass surgery – is to avoid limb amputation.

The care team at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute encourages all patients and family members to learn more about conditions and diseases that affect the heart and overall cardiovascular system. The links below provide more information about heart conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a slow and progressive circulation disorder. It may involve disease in any of the blood vessels outside of the heart and diseases of the lymph vessels — the arteries, veins or lymphatic vessels.​

Atrial Fibrillation (AF or AFib)
Normally, the heart pumps in a well-timed fashion. The two upper chambers(atria) contract first, followed by the two lower chambers (ventricles). This coordinated pumping is powered by the heart's own electrical system and efficiently pumps blood out to the body and back. In atrial fibrillation (AF), a type of arrhythmia, the electrical signals fire rapidly and chaotically.

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To help in the diagnosis of your PAD, your physician may request that you have one or more of the following tests:

  • Angiogram
  • Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA)
  • Doppler ultrasound study
  • Exercise stress test
  • Segmental blood pressure measurement

As a leader in cardiac and vascular care, the Institute conducts research studies to explore new PAD treatments. Study candidates can gain access to new, cutting-edge ways to treat PAD, often before they are available to everyone.

Arterial Disease

FMD Registry
Fibromuscular Dysplasia International Registry 
Principal Investigator: Barry Katzen, M.D. (Active Enrollment)
Co-investigators: James Benenati, M.D., Alex Powell, M.D., Shaun Samuels, M.D., Constantino
Peña, M.D., Ripal Gandhi, M.D., Italo Linfante, M.D., Guilherme Dabus, M.D.

Robotics

ROVER
The Robotic Vascular and Endovascular Registry: A retrospective and prospective, multi-center, single arm, non-blinded, sequentially enrolling data collection activity.

Principal Investigator:  Barry Katzen, M.D.(Active Enrollment)
Co-investigators: Melanie Schernthaner, M.D., Frederic Baumann, M.D.

PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE

CONTINUUM
CONTINuous Infra-Inguinal Stenting Using the Bard
LifeStent® Vascular Stent Systems
Principal Investigator: Constantino Peña, M.D. (Active Enrollment)
Co-investigators: Barry Katzen, M.D., James Benenati, M.D., Alex Powell, M.D., Shaun Samuels, M.D., Ripal Gandhi, M.D.

FSS Open
Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy of the FlexStent® Femoro-popliteal Self-expanding Stent System
Principal Investigator: James Benenati, M.D. (Active Enrollment)
Co-investigators: Barry Katzen, M.D., Alex Powell, M.D., Shaun Samuels, M.D., Constantino Peña, M.D., Ripal Gandhi, M.D.

LIBERTY 360
Prospective, Observational, Multi-Center Clinical Study to Evaluate Acute and Long-term Clinical and Economic Outcomes of Endovascular Device Intervention in Patients with Distal Outflow Peripheral ArteryDisease (PAD)

Principal Investigator: Ripal Gandhi, M.D. (Active Enrollment)
Co-investigators: Barry Katzen, M.D., James Benenati, M.D., Alex Powell, M.D., Shaun Samuels, M.D., Constantino Peña, M.D.

ILLUMENATE
ProspectIve, Randomized, SingLe-Blind, U.S. MuLti-center Study to EvalUate TreatMent of Obstructive SupErficial Femoral Artery or Popliteal LesioNs With A Novel PacliTaxel-CoatEd Percutaneous Angioplasty Balloon
ILLUMENATE Pivotal
Principal Investigator: Barry Katzen M.D. (Active Enrollment)
Co-investigators: James Benenati, M.D., Alex Powell, M.D., Shaun Samuels, M.D., Constantino Peña, M.D., Ripal Gandhi, M.D.

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