APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
A method is provided for treating a cardiovascular disease, such as pulmonary arterial hypertension, an arrhythmia, or heart failure. One step of the method includes providing an apparatus. The apparatus includes an expandable support member having oppositely disposed proximal and distal end portions and a main body portion extending between the end portions. The proximal end portion includes a plurality of wing members extending from the main body portion. At least a portion of the expandable support member is treated with at least one therapeutic agent for eluting into a blood vessel. The expandable support member is inserted into the pulmonary vasculature and then advanced to a bifurcation in the pulmonary vasculature. The bifurcation includes the intersection of a first pulmonary vessel, a second pulmonary vessel, and a third pulmonary vessel.; The expandable support member is secured at the bifurcation to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, for example.
OBERTI CARLOS, ; NAVIA JOSE L, ; KRASUSKI RICHARD,