This can reduce the need for clot-dissolving drugs, lower the risk of surgical complications and improve patient outcomes.

Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) is the first in Louisiana to use the Indigo CAT RX Aspiration Catheter in a coronary intervention. The minimally-invasive procedure was performed by Dr. Satish Gadi, CIS interventional cardiologist, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

The Indigo System CAT RX Aspiration Catheter, manufactured by Penumbra, is a mechanical device that uses innovative technology to allow physicians to navigate a powerful "vacuum" in a blocked artery to extract blood clots. This can reduce the need for clot-dissolving drugs, lower the risk of surgical complications and improve patient outcomes.

"This catheter has previously been used in the legs and in the brain, however it is now specially-designed and approved for use in the coronary arteries of the heart," explained Dr. Gadi. "It provides an unmatched, strong and continuous suction force to enable aspiration of even the toughest clots in the coronaries."

To learn more about Dr. Gadi or CIS in Baton Rouge, visit www.cardio.com or call 225-308-0247.

Contributed by CIS