Dissolving stent restores blood flow to heart
A dissolvable stent that opens clogged arteries in the heart has researchers at Scottsdale Healthcare encouraged that it may become a game changing technology for treating the symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common type of heart disease.
Interventional cardiologist David Rizik, MD is the first physician in the western U.S. to successfully implant the investigational device into a heart patient as part of a new clinical trial enrolling patients at Scottsdale Healthcare.
The Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS), made by healthcare company Abbott, is a small mesh tube made of polylactide, a material that is commonly used in medical implants such as dissolvable sutures. Absorb is coated with a medication which reduces inflammation and tissue growth to help prevent renarrowing of the artery.
The scaffold restores blood flow and provides support to the vessel until the artery can stay open on its own. It dissolves over time, potentially allowing the vessel to resume more natural function and movement.
The clinical trial is evaluating potential benefits of Absorb in comparison to the leading metallic drug eluting stent in patients with CAD, the most common cause of death for men and women in the United States. Absorb is authorized for sale in CE Mark countries and is available in Europe, the Middle East, parts of Latin America, and parts of Asia Pacific, including India, Hong Kong, Malaysia and New Zealand.
"The bioresorbable scaffold represents a potential game changing technology for our patients with coronary artery disease," said Dr. Rizik. "The idea of moving away from permanent metal implants to literally disappearing implants is a quantum leap forward for our heart patients at Scottsdale Healthcare. The cardiology team of physicians, nursing staff and clinicians are extremely pleased to participate in the trial of this latest advancement to our community."
Heart disease facts
• Each year, about 785,000 Americans have a first heart attack.
• Another 470,000 who have already experienced one or more heart attacks will have another.
• Heart disease accounts for one of every six deaths that take place in the U.S.
Patients with CAD can experience symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath when the demand for blood to the heart is more than the heart's ability to supply blood due to blockages in the vessels that supply blood to the heart. These blockages are caused by the buildup of fat and cholesterol inside the vessel.
Since the 1970s, physicians have treated CAD patients with less invasive treatment options such as balloon angioplasty, metallic and drug eluting metallic stents, allowing many patients to avoid open heart surgery.
The ABSORB III clinical trial will enroll approximately 2,250 patients, the majority in the United States. Abbott started development of Absorb about a decade ago. Absorb has been implanted in patients from 40 countries worldwide in clinical trials and commercial settings.
For more information about enrolling in this clinical trial, contact the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute at 480-323-3437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?
Are you at risk? 1 in 3 adult deaths each year are caused by heart disease and stroke.
Schedule a free heart health assessment* at Scottsdale Healthcare in addition to your annual physical. Free screening appointments are available Feb. 7 - March 16.
To know your risk factors or schedule an assessment, visit http://www.loweryourheartrisk.org/
*Availability is limited.
TAVR heart procedure for inoperable aortic stenosis
The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure offers hope for heart patients with inoperable aortic stenosis (failing heart valves). TAVR valves are inserted via a catheter through the femoral artery, without requiring open heart surgery.
Physicians at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center were the first in Arizona to perform this new heart valve replacement procedure following its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Patients may be eligible for the procedure if they are not candidates for surgical valve replacement. The TAVR procedure gives hope for extending the lives of these patients with improved quality of life.
For more information about the TAVR procedure, call the Scottsdale Healthcare Heart Valve Clinic Coordinator at 480-323-3459.
For more information and Heart and Vascular Services at Scottsdale Healthcare, visit http://www.shc.org/heart.
CAUTION: Federal (United States) law restricts the Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter heart valve to sale by or on the order of a physician. This device has been approved by the FDA for specific indications for use. See instructions for use for full prescribing information, including indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions and adverse events.
Heart Attack Miracle Recovery
Phoenix firefighter Mike Glennie began walking to and from work to boost his cardio conditioning. He felt great and was happy that his workouts were producing results. Then something went wrong. On May 28, 2010, Mike did not make it home. Without any warning, he suffered a massive heart attack and dropped to the ground.
Mike was defibrillated on site and taken to a nearby Phoenix hospital in a coma and carcinogenic shock. He needed more specialized care, and was airlifted to Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center.
The 55-year-old had to be resuscitated three times before a pulse was found. Surgery was the only option for his survival.
Hypothermia treatment protocol began in the intensive care unit, cooling his body so Mike would be stable for open heart surgery. Next, an angiogram was performed and displayed several blockages. Two days passed while Mike's family, friends and firefighting colleagues waited by his side. There seemed to be little hope.
On May 30, Scottsdale Healthcare cardiovascular surgeon Michael Caskey, MD performed a successful five-bypass surgery. Mike woke shortly after surgery completely mentally intact, progressed well and went home 12 days later.
"They tell me I should not have lived," he says. "The nurses all told me that I was a fighter, although I don't remember most of it."
Today, experts can't find anything wrong with his heart and Mike has returned to doing what he loves―"driving big red."
"The team at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center was incredible. We are so grateful to all who treated me. My wife, extended family and I were always treated with the upmost respect, compassionate care along with smiles of encouragement," says Mike.
"I'm living my life. It's not going to live me," he adds.
For more information about Heart & Vascular Services at Scottsdale Healthcare, visit http://www.shc.org/heart.
Heart Surgery Patient Reunion
The Galleria of Fine Hearts is a reunion of open heart patients with Scottsdale Healthcare surgeons and hospital staff, presented by Scottsdale Healthcare Heart and Vascular Services. It is a poignant, emotional and fun event.
Patients, doctors and hospital staff visit with each other without the stress of the life-changing events that brought them together in the first place.
The Scottsdale Healthcare Galleria of Fine Hearts is not only a way to say "thank you" to our patients for entrusting us with their care, it is especially rewarding for hospital staff to see them happy and healthy.
In this video, you'll meet four special patients who tell their stories:
Bill Schmidt, who among other things has performed as a comedian, had a defective aortic valve that led to an aneurysm requiring surgery to avoid a ruptured aorta and virtually instant death.
Bill's extensive nationwide search for a surgeon ended with Robert Riley, MD, who replaced his bicuspid aortic valve with a valve from a pig heart. Dr. Riley also replaced Bill's ascending aorta and aortic root.
Ahwatukee resident Karen Graf didn't want heart surgery to keep her from her passions—raising her children and teaching the students at her school. A routine checkup to the discovery of a tumor on her heart's mitral valve.
Using a minimally invasive approach, Rajeev Kathuria, MD removed the tumor through an incision less than 2 inches long. Scottsdale Healthcare's dedicated nurses also helped speed Karen's recovery, making sure she did the walking and deep breathing necessary after surgery to prevent complications.
Najeba Gorges had recently settled in Phoenix and life was good until she began to feel pressure and tightness in her chest. She was referred to Scottsdale Healthcare cardiologist Walid Alami, MD, who discovered three completely blocked arteries in her heart.
Just five months after arriving in America, Najeba underwent a life-saving operation performed without any complications by Scottsdale Healthcare cardiac surgeon Kenneth Ashton, MD.
Phoenix firefighter Michael Glennie was walking home from work when without any warning, he suffered a massive heart attack. Paramedics resuscitated him three times before a pulse was found.
In a coma, he was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center where a cooling catheter was placed for therapeutic hypothermia to save heart muscle.
Dr. Joseph Klag then implanted an Impella heart assist device in the cardiac catheterization lab to help the heart pump more efficiently. Dr. Michael Caskey then performed a quintuple coronary bypass surgery. Incredibly, Mike went home 12 days later.
For more information about Heart and Vascular Services at Scottsdale Healthcare, visit http://www.shc.org.
Women & Heart Disease
The signs and symptoms of heart disease can be different for women. It's important to know your cholesterol breakdown, blood pressure, body mass index and blood sugar.
Coronary artery disease is the number one killer of US women, claiming the lives of more than a half million women each year. More women die from heart disease than from all types of cancer combined. Cardiovascular disease kills and disables more women than men.
All three Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital are accredited as Certified Chest Pain Centers, recognizing the quality care provided to chest pain patients and collaboration with local emergency medical services.
Chest Pain Center designation affirms that Scottsdale Healthcare has coordinated training and care between local emergency medical service providers and the hospitals emergency departments, cardiac cath labs and cardiologists in treating patients with chest pain and heart attacks.
Learn more at http://www.shc.org.
To schedule a consultation or Heart Health Evaluation at Scottsdale Healthcare, call 480-323-3663 or email email@example.com.
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