Shown here is drug-coated balloon inside an artery

New Minimally-Invasive Procedure Available for Patients with Dangerous Condition in the Legs Linked to Heart Health

Webster, TX, March 27, 2015 –– Clear Lake Regional Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in Texas to offer a new minimally-invasive procedure to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the upper leg, a serious and common condition associated with an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug-coated balloons are a new type of medical device used to treat PAD in the upper legs once medical management has failed. The first procedure at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center was performed by Dr. Christos Katsigiannis on February 9, 2015. The hospital has performed over twenty five procedures since then.

“My patients don’t realize that PAD in the legs is often connected to health conditions in other parts of the body, especially in the heart,” said Christos Katsigiannis, MD, Cardiovascular Surgeon at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. “I am very excited about the benefits this medical advancement has for my patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD).”

Affecting an estimated eight to 12 million people in the U.S., PAD is a debilitating disease that occurs when arteries become narrowed or blocked by plaque build-up, restricting blood flow.[i] PAD commonly affects arteries in the upper legs and can cause recurrent and painful muscle cramping in the thigh and/or upper calf. The pain can be described as dull, causing heaviness or tightness in the muscles, but often will stop when the person is at rest. Experiencing pain, even while at rest, is a sign of a more severe disease. If not properly treated, PAD can lead to life-threatening complications, and is associated with a four to five times higher risk for heart attack or stroke.[ii] 

Drug-coated balloons are designed to help restore blood flow by reopening blocked arteries and delivering a medication to the artery wall that clinical studies have shown helps keep the artery open longer than other available therapies. During the procedure, an inflated balloon pushes the plaque away to create a channel for blood flow and the medication on the balloon surface in absorbed into the artery wall. The balloon is then removed with only the medication left behind.

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center has chosen to use the IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon by Medtronic because it has demonstrated the best results observed to date in the treatment of PAD in the upper legs. In particular, studies have shown treatment with the IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon reduces the need to have a similar repeat procedure within the next year, which is more common with other types of interventional procedures for the treatment of the condition. 

About Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty services. The campus includes Level II Trauma Capabilities, Neuroscience Institute, The Heart & Vascular Hospital, Breast Diagnostic Center, Wound Care Center, a level III Neonatal ICU, the area’s only Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric ICU, and a comprehensive range of services for patients of all ages. With a medical staff of more than 850, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center employs more than 2,100 medical professionals and has served the community for more than 40 years. In 2013, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center invested $92 million in an expansion and renovation project that enhanced services to better serve the Bay Area Houston community. For more information, call 281-332-2511 or visit online at www.clearlakermc.com. For the latest news and updates, visit our website at http://www.clearlakermc.com or stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities.  It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses.  HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 6  off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius.  For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.


[i] National Heart Lung And Blood Institute (Nhlbi). Facts About Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) (n.d.): n. pag. Web.

[ii] Aboyans, Victor, Ileana Desormais, Philippe Lacroix, Johanna Salazar, Michael H. Criqui, and Marc Laskar. "The General Prognosis of Patients With Peripheral Arterial Disease Differs According to the Disease Localization." JAMA. 55.9 (2010): 898-903.