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Cardiovascular Institute of the South Is First in Jennings to Treat Peripheral Disease From Wrist

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Cardiovascular Institute of the South Is First in Jennings to Treat Peripheral Disease From Wrist


JENNINGS—December 21, 2020—Dr. Riaz Rahman, interventional cardiologist at Cardiovascular Institute of the South, is the first to perform a radial-to-peripheral interventional procedure for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) at Jennings American Legion Hospital. The procedure was done on Thursday, December 10.

A radial-to-peripheral procedure allows the physician to intervene on a blockage in the leg through access from the radial artery in the left wrist. This groundbreaking technique dramatically reduces bleeding and other complications while increasing patient comfort post-procedure.  It also allows patients to go home just a couple of hours after the procedure. 

“For patients, this procedure is a game changer,” explained Dr. Rahman. “Going through the wrist to open blockages in the legs results in less risk, fewer complications, and a much quicker recovery time than the traditional option of going through the groin.”

CIS utilizes the Diamondback 360® Extended Length Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy Device (OAD) from Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI®) to treat patients with PAD. This disease affects as many as 20 million Americans and is a circulatory condition in which narrowed and hardened blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs and, if left untreated, could lead to limb amputation. Devices also utilized in this procedure were the R2P™ CROSSTELLA® RX PTA Balloon Dilatation Catheter, the longest 0.018 inch balloon designed for use in radial to peripheral procedures, and the R2P™ Destination Slender Guiding Sheath—both by Terumo Interventional Systems (TIS).­­

To learn more about peripheral artery disease, or to schedule an appointment with a CIS cardiologist, visit

About Cardiovascular Institute of the South

Founded by Dr. Craig Walker in 1983, Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) is a world-leader in preventing, detecting and treating cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease. CIS offers a comprehensive heart and vascular program with expert physicians trained in many specialties, including internal medicine, nuclear cardiology, electrophysiology, lipid management, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, valve disease and interventional cardiovascular procedures. CIS has earned international acclaim as a pioneer of research, development and education, as well as an innovator in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. With a dedicated team of more than 850 team members, CIS provides comprehensive cardiovascular care at 20 locations across Louisiana and Mississippi, with nine telemedicine programs. CIS remains at the forefront of technology, providing the highest-quality, compassionate care. This mission has guided the institute for more than 37 years of excellence.  For more information about CIS, call 1-800-425-2565 or visit

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