Dr. Shammas a presenter at cardiology meeting

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Dr. Nicolas Shammas

Area doctor presents research results at world’s largest interventional cardiology meeting Trinity Bettendorf is one of 10 sites in nationwide study

Area cardiologist Dr. Nicolas Shammas recently returned from Washington, D.C. where he was selected to present a poster at the 22nd Annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, the world’s largest interventional cardiology meeting. 

Dr. Shammas was the study’s lead investigator who oversaw 10 sites nationwide – including at Trinity Bettendorf – studying the safety and effectiveness of plaque modification with a minimally invasive catheter system called the Diamondback 360 PAD System. The system is an alternative to traditional balloon angioplasty to remove hardened plaque and restore blood flow in below-the-knee arteries. 

According to Dr. Shammas, balloon angioplasty may cause severe cracking in vessels with hardened plaque behind and below the knee, which in turn could require placement of a stent.  The Diamondback 360 system helps to restore blood flow without the need for a stent.

The symposium attracted more than 10,000 attendees from 90 countries. This year, 1,085 abstracts were submitted from 39 countries. Dr. Shammas’ presentation was chosen as one of a total of 107 peer-reviewed oral abstracts and 417 posters for inclusion at the meeting and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Shammas is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Midwest Cardiovascular Research Foundation. Dr. Shammas is an educator and a consultant cardiologist with Cardiovascular Medicine, P.C., in Iowa.