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On the Beat June 2021

Heart News to Keep You Healthy and Well

First in the US to Use FORS for Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Schanzer and Alqaim preforming surgery

The vascular surgeons at UMass Memorial Medical Center are the first in the U.S. to perform a less invasive complex aortic aneurysm repair with a new technology that uses fiber optic cable imaging instead of X-ray radiation. UMass Memorial Medical Center is the only center in the U.S. with FORS capability.

Fiber Optic RealShape (FORS) markedly reduces radiation doses during endovascular procedures making it safer for the patient and the care team.

“Radiation allows us to do a lot of great things. But if used continuously, it can pose a threat to the health of a patient and to everyone on the treatment team,” said Andres Schanzer, MD, FACS, Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery. “FORS technology is a critical step towards moving away from our dependence on X-rays and radiation, while providing safe and effective minimally invasive treatments.”

FORS was first used in a 71-year-old male patient undergoing a procedure for a large abdominal aortic aneurysm that involved the arteries that supply blood to the intestines and to the kidneys. The procedure was successful, and the patient is currently doing very well.

The technology is expected to become the standard for complex minimally invasive endovascular aortic treatment.

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Can Acronyms Save Your Life When It Comes to a Stroke?

F.A.S.T. — Face, Arms, Speech, Time

When it comes to stroke, the answer is an absolute yes! Learn the ABCS of stroke prevention and how to act FAST if you think someone is having one. But there is so much more that you need to know about, from not-so-common symptoms to the importance of speedy medical treatment.

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delicious grilled shrimp kabobs

There’s nothing like a summer barbecue with family and friends to celebrate the season.

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