Baptist Health, Vascugenix Introduce Heart Surgery Device to Market

Baptist Health, Vascugenix Introduce Heart Surgery Device to Market
The Speed Torque (Baptist Health)

Baptist Health recently partnered with Little Rock startup Vascugenix to introduce to the U.S. market the Speed Torque, a medical device designed to help surgeons perform emergency heart surgeries more easily and more quickly via one-handed manipulation of a guidewire.

The device was invented and patented by Dr. Dwight Chrisman, chief cardiologist at Baptist Health in Little Rock, and Arkansas Business last year covered the startup's plans to bring it to market.

“We have been working for several years to bring this device to patients,” Chrisman, who is also Vascugenix’s chief medical officer, said in a news release. “Having a guidewire that can be manipulated comfortably with one hand will ultimately save procedure time, money and improve patient safety. Our next focus is to get this into the hands of physicians working in cath labs around the country.”

Chrisman first used the Speed Torque on Oct. 3 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock during a coronary artery intervention.

“Baptist Health has a long history of bringing the latest heart technologies to Arkansas,” Greg Crain, the hospital’s president, said in the release. “I’m grateful for Dr. Chrisman’s innovation and diligence to see this process through that ultimately will provide a better patient experience and outcome. All of our cardiologists at Baptist Health will have access to the new Speed Torque.”

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