Aiken Regional Medical Centers Offers Cutting Edge Treatment to Help Dissolve Dealy Blood Clots Associated with Deep Venous Thrombosis

Aiken, SC— Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) is a major cause of massive Pulmonary Embolism, and results in thousands of deaths in the United States each year. Many patients with DVT develop Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS), resulting in permanent debilitating damage in the affected veins and valves and a deteriorated quality of life. a significant number of patients with PTS develop a severe form of the disease, which can include venous ulcers.

Aiken Regional Medical Centers (ARMC) can now treat patients who have DVT with advanced medical technology known as the EKOS ultrasound-assisted thrombolysis method. Until now, traditional therapies have included the use of clot-busting drugs that can take many hours, or even days to dissolve a blood clot. The catheterization lab at Aiken Regional Medical Centers now uses EKOS technology, in which a catheter is advanced through blood vessels to the site of the blockage, where the catheter emits sound waves that loosen the clot, allowing the clot-busting drugs to dissolve it more quickly and safely.

"We are fortunate to be the only facility in the CSRA to have the EKOS cutting-edge technology in our cath lab," Todd Franke, Manager of Cardiovascular Services at ARMC said. "The procedure will allow cardiologist Weems Pennington, III, MD to more quickly help patients who have been diagnosed with blood clots."

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