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Medical Director of Cardiovascular Research

Community Healthcare System

Medical Director of Clinical Research

Community Healthcare System


Community Healthcare System






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"With PROTEUS having been ... [cached]

"With PROTEUS having been successfully used to treat lesions in the SFA (superficial femoral artery), I had the opportunity to deploy the device in BTK procedures," said Dr. Prakash Makam of Community Hospital (Munster, IN).

"With PROTEUS having been successfully ... [cached]

"With PROTEUS having been successfully used to treat lesions in the SFA (superficial femoral artery), I had the opportunity to deploy the device in BTK procedures," said Dr. Prakash Makam of Community Hospital (Munster, IN).

Community Hospital among first to use new Stealth device to treat PAD [cached]

One such expert on staff is Prakash Makam, M.D., interventional cardiologist and medical director of cardiovascular research for Community Healthcare System. At Community Hospital in Munster, 75 year-old Highland resident Thomas Brosseau was the first patient that Makam performed the procedure on using the Stealth 360º™ Orbital PAD System.

"The new Stealth 360º is as quick and simple to set up as a balloon or stent to open the arteries," said Makam. The device provides effective treatment for the entire leg, including the smaller, more narrow vessels below the knee that are critical to achieving blood flow to the foot, he said.
"The new Stealth 360º device is different in that it provides better control while removing plaque because of its design," Makam said. "Unlike older models of orbital devices, the Stealth 360º features an electric-powered handle with an on-off switch and speed selection controls at my fingertips. Without a compressed air tank for operation or separate speed controller that needs to be set up ahead of the procedure, the Stealth 360º significantly reduces time for our patients and staff in the cath lab."
This benefits our patients by reducing their procedure time and ultimately getting them back to their normal activities sooner, Makam said.
"We are making real advances in the treatment of PAD that will lead to fewer amputations and a better quality of life for so many people," he said.

CSI | Investor Relations |News Release [cached]

"Cardiovascular Systems' PAD solutions are highly effective in removing plaque from arteries, and the Diamondback Predator 360° enhances the treatment process," said Dr. Prakash Makam, medical director of clinical research at Community Hospital in Munster, Ind. "The ability to use lower speeds reduces the risk of complications during the procedure while removing a high percentage of plaque to achieve excellent acute outcomes in less time."

St. Mary Medical Center - Press Release [cached]

There is hope to improve the lives of patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) like never before here in Northwest Indiana thanks to the work Cardiologist Prakash Makam, M.D., is doing in conjunction with Community Hospital as one of only 12 TALON research sites in the nation.

TALON, an acronym for Treating PeripherAls with SiLverHawk: Outcomes CollectioN, is a study sponsored by Fox Hollow, the manufacturer of a new PAD treatment device. As one of the study's 12 principal investigators, Makam is also one of the most experienced physicians in the country for this procedure.
For the procedure, a guide wire is threaded into the diseased leg artery to guide the SilverHawk device into place. Then, at a very high rotation per minute, the device works by shaving plaque from the artery wall and pushing it into a nose cone for collection.
Podiatrist Christopher Grandfield, D.P.M., has sent many patients to Makam for the procedure.
Originally developed to clean out heart arteries, atherectomy is proving to be an even more effective treatment for blocked arteries in the leg, Makam said.
After six months, only 10 percent of patients who had undergone the SilverHawk procedure needed to have the procedure repeated. The reintervention rate is 30 to 40 percent when a balloon is used to flatten plaque against the artery walls, and 20 percent when stents are used to reopen the femoral artery.
"To open blocked arteries in the knee and below is particularly difficult with a balloon or stents and in my opinion those locations do best with atherectomy," Makam said.
Losing a limb is traumatic enough, but when coupled with the statistics that only 50 percent of diabetics live three or more years following a lower-limb amputation, there's all the more motivation to find better treatments through research initiatives such as the TALON study, Makam said.

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