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New Heart Stent to Perform Disappearing Act in Sutter Patient

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Cardiac Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

Recently approved by FDA, Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow, then gradually dissolves in the body

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Retired Sacramento firefighter Edward Basurto, 66, had a stent implanted into a clogged artery Monday, Aug. 1, which will literally disappear in his body within the next few years, leaving the artery open without any sign of the metal scaffolding.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Cardiac Cath Lab Director Thomas Rhodes discusses the Absorb stent with patient Edward Basurto on Aug. 2.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Cardiac Cath Lab Director Thomas Rhodes discusses the Absorb stent with patient Edward Basurto on Aug. 2.

Basurto was the first Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento patient to be implanted with the Abbott Absorb stent under the recent approval by the Food and Drug Administration. For the past four years, Sutter Medical Center was one of the top clinical trial sites in the country to test the unique absorbable stent.

“After four years of implanting Absorb stents within the study protocol, it is exciting to have them approved for all of our patients,” said David Roberts, M.D., medical director of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute and Sutter’s principal investigator for the Absorb stent study. “We look forward to using the experience that we have developed over the past few years with the Absorb stents to optimize the care of our patients.”

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, is home to the most comprehensive cardiovascular program in the greater Sacramento region, stays on the cutting-edge of new devices and protocols to prolong and improve the lives of its patients, and participates in several clinical trials that give Sutter physicians access to the newest technologies and procedures. Sutter Medical Center is still enrolling patients in the Absorb trial as well as using the device under the new FDA approval.

“In addition to providing the most advanced clinical care in the region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has always strived to bring in groundbreaking clinical trials so that our patients have access to treatments beyond what is generally available,” said Pei-Hsiu Huang, medical director of the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. “As this relates to the Absorb GT1 stent, we were excited to have participated in the U.S. pivotal trial that led to the FDA approval of this device for clinical use.”

Abbott says that the Absorb GT1 bioresorbable vascular scaffold is a major advancement in the treatment of coronary artery disease, which affects 15 million people in the United States and remains a leading cause of death worldwide despite decades of therapeutic advances. While stents are traditionally made of metal, Abbott’s Absorb stent is made of a naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures. Absorb disappears completely(1) in about three years, after it has done its job of keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the treated artery segment. By contrast, metal stents are permanent implants.

“This is the first real game-changer in coronary stents since 2003, when drug-coated metal stents were developed, helping to reduce risk of renarrowing of the arteries,” said David Daniels, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Sutter Health’s Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, which also is using the stent under the FDA approval. “With dissolving stents you have the best of both worlds: you have the benefit of using a less invasive procedure than open heart surgery, and then the stent disappears, leaving no metal behind to restrict motion of the blood vessels.”

Sailesh Shah, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Sutter Medical Center who performed Monday’s stent procedure, said “the real benefit to the patient is better arterial health. This new stent does not reduce bed rest or allow you to take fewer medicines, but it does promote better arterial health because you don’t have metal constricting your arteries and it facilitates the return of natural vascular function.”

Sutter Health’s cardiovascular services bring together a multidisciplinary approach that provides the full continuum of cardiovascular care for patients. Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento is the only cardiac care center in Northern California outside the Bay Area to offer many complex heart surgeries, such as heart transplants, and access to groundbreaking clinical trials.

More information about the Absorb dissolving heart stent is available online. For more on Sutter Medical Center’s heart treatments, go to the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute website.

(1) Absorb dissolves except for two pairs of tiny metallic markers that remain in the artery to enable a physician to see where the device was placed.

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Cardiac Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments