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Choosing CompressionPump TherapyFor treating peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
Before you read on…• Please keep in mind that arterial compression pumps  require a doctor’s prescription.• These devices ...
How do I choose the right  compression device?
1. Look at the cuffs!                         • It’s important that the cuff’s                           air bladders comp...
Cuff Inflation & Deflation              Rates• Research shows that quick inflation and deflation rates are of  highest imp...
Cuff Pressure• Now you know that cuffs  should have large bladders at  the foot, ankle & calf and that             Cuff Pr...
2. Look for clinical research!• Make sure the device you  invest in has clinical research  supporting its claims.  Researc...
Clinical Research Sidenote:• Being optimized to treat arterial disease is of the utmost  importance for an arterial compre...
3. Good Customer   Experience?   • The compliance factor     Basically, make sure you can     commit to using your arteria...
Customer Experience (cont’d)• Patient Accommodation  Are you dealing with a  special condition? It’s helpful  to know that...
Customer Experience (cont’d)• Obtaining Therapy  Just consider: how many numbers do you have to call to  get an arterial p...
The Device That Comes Out         on Top• There’s only one number to call if you want to  order, prescribe, or just get mo...
If it doesn’t sayArtAssist®…               it won’t work like                         ®                            one. co...
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Choosing Compression Pump Therapy for Treating PAD

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Compression pump therapy for treating arterial disease is a fairly new medical revelation - as such, not all developers get it right. Use this guide to gain knowledge about what's proven to work versus what's a gamble.

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Choosing Compression Pump Therapy for Treating PAD

  1. 1. Choosing CompressionPump TherapyFor treating peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  2. 2. Before you read on…• Please keep in mind that arterial compression pumps require a doctor’s prescription.• These devices can have life-changing benefits for non- surgical patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Over the course of a few months, physician-directed use of an arterial compression device can save limbs from amputation.• This is not a guide to be used as medical advice, but as experts in this technology, we’d like to share what we know about arterial compression devices so you and your doctor can make a more educated decision.
  3. 3. How do I choose the right compression device?
  4. 4. 1. Look at the cuffs! • It’s important that the cuff’s air bladders compress as Large air much tissue below the knee bladders as possible. This promotes compress most of the more blood flow to the skin.foot, ankle & • Also, look carefully at the calf size of the air bladders – the larger they are, the more tissue they’re going to reach. The more tissue they reach, the more blood flow!
  5. 5. Cuff Inflation & Deflation Rates• Research shows that quick inflation and deflation rates are of highest importance because they apply shear stress to the cells that line your arteries. Shear stress is good - when your arteries experience it, they release a muscle relaxant (or a vasodilator called nitric oxide) that helps open the smallest arteries. With continued use over around 3 months, collateral vessels that bypass the larger obstructed vessels form, meaning that more blood gets where it needs to go. We call this process arteriogenesis. ® ArtAssist “Brand B” Inflation & Deflation Foot rate comparisons Calf ArtAssist® “Brand B”
  6. 6. Cuff Pressure• Now you know that cuffs should have large bladders at the foot, ankle & calf and that Cuff Pressures they should inflate and deflate quickly. But what kind of 200 pressure should the air 150 bladders reach? 100 Pressure in The answer that researchers 50 mmHg found was 120 millimeters of 0 Mercury (mmHg), which is Not Just Too about the pressure of a very Enough Right Much! firm handshake. Below this pressure, blood flow was not as high. Above 120 mmHg was unnecessary and, furthermore, uncomforta ble for patients.
  7. 7. 2. Look for clinical research!• Make sure the device you invest in has clinical research supporting its claims. Research done at respected institutions is usually a very good sign for an arterial pump you’re considering. Also, if you can find a study that’s been done on patients with your condition, even better!
  8. 8. Clinical Research Sidenote:• Being optimized to treat arterial disease is of the utmost importance for an arterial compression device. Research has suggested that if a pump is NOT optimized for arterial disease, using it could actually DECREASE blood flow – doing more harm than good!• So, like any decision you make concerning your health, we encourage you to do a bit of research and ask yourself: did the makers of this arterial pump design it specifically to treat arterial disease? And was it tested at medical institutions with results published in peer- reviewed journals? Straight answers are the best.
  9. 9. 3. Good Customer Experience? • The compliance factor Basically, make sure you can commit to using your arterial pump for however often your physician has prescribed it. As an example, we’ve seen the ArtAssist® device do amazing things for people – and it’s because they got into the habit of using it every day.
  10. 10. Customer Experience (cont’d)• Patient Accommodation Are you dealing with a special condition? It’s helpful to know that your arterial pump provider is knowledgeable enough to listen to what you’re going through and find a solution so you can get the therapy you need.
  11. 11. Customer Experience (cont’d)• Obtaining Therapy Just consider: how many numbers do you have to call to get an arterial pump? Do you have to go to a clinic every day or can you conveniently use it at home? Find an arterial pump provider that makes it as easy as possible for you.
  12. 12. The Device That Comes Out on Top• There’s only one number to call if you want to order, prescribe, or just get more information about the ArtAssist® device: (888) 4 LEG FLO ( 888-453-4356) ® ArtAssist Arterial Pump Technology The only device… Optimized to treat PAD 25+ published clinical studies
  13. 13. If it doesn’t sayArtAssist®… it won’t work like ® one. compression to The ArtAssist Arterial Assist Device uses a proven and unique form of intermittent pneumatic triple arterial blood flow to ischemic limbs Recommended Rx: 1 hour, 3 times per day for 90 daysDeveloper, manufacturer, and distributor of ArtAssist® Arterial Pump Technology Made in the USA ArtAssist.com

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