WICHITA, Kansas - Dr. Assem Farhat with Wesley Medical Center performed the first Percutaneous Coronary Intervention this week. The procedure is provided to patients with Chronic Total Occlusion.
Michael Traugott, 62, is the first person to have the procedure. He says he is grateful to be alive. Last February, he suffered a heart attack while shoveling snow. It was then, doctors discovered his arteries were blocked.
“He came in and said somebody gave you a second chance of life. You shouldn't have made it,” said Traugott.
He will survive thanks to PCI. CTO is a serious, difficult- to-treat condition where a patient's artery is completely blocked. Traugott says he went to the hospital Tuesday morning and was out by noon the next day.
During the procedure, doctors are able to insert a catheter into the wall of an artery. They enter through either the wrist or the groin area. The catheter goes around the part of the artery that is completely blocked, and then, reentered into artery in the heart. These new devices will improve the survival rate and quality of life of CTO patients.
Without the procedure, Traugott says he wouldn't be able to do common chores. Now back at home, he’s already getting back into the swing of things with the help of his daughter Kelly Lukens, who happens to be a nurse.
“After a cardiac surgery, it requires so much extra care not even needing a fraction of that after the surgery. It's really amazing. It's an opportunity to help a lot of people,‘” said Lukens.
The procedure has only been around in the US for less than a year. Although doctors say surgery is still a good option for heart patients, this version is better. Especially, in people with medical conditions that would normally prevent them from qualifying for open heart surgery.
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