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HMFW Physician Involved in National Clinical Trial|
FORT WORTH, Texas — A minimally invasive technique used to help prevent heart attack is now being used to reduce the risk of stroke associated with carotid artery disease. Frank Rivera, M.D., an endovascular neurointerventionist on the medical staff at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, and a key physician involved in several national clinical trials, is using the new treatment device, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as a minimally invasive alternative to traditional treatment of carotid artery disease.
The Net Advantage
“This technique is a breakthrough for patients with carotid artery disease, especially for those at high risk for surgical treatment,” Rivera said. “It is a potentially safer treatment option for high-risk patients than the traditional carotid endarterectomy surgical treatment, and we're happy to provide this new technology and alternative to our patients.”
Improving the Standard
The standard surgical treatment for stroke prevention, carotid endarterectomy, is an open surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia that requires an incision in the patient's neck and days spent in the hospital for recovery.
The procedure is performed in the Vascular and Interventional Radiology Center (VIRC) at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital. The VIRC, the capstone of the hospital's Neuroscience Center of Excellence, offers physicians in the community and the residents of Tarrant County a comprehensive program to treat all neurovascular conditions with non-surgical and surgical techniques. For a physician referral, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS.About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
Opened in 1930, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital (HMFW) is Tarrant County's largest and busiest hospital and regional referral center. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMFW is licensed for 610 beds and provides the following services: cardiovascular; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; adult critical care and neonatal intensive care; high risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology; trauma and emergency medicine; cancer care; medical/surgical; kidney transplants; occupational health; and more.