ABSORB Heart Stent
Coronary artery disease affects 15 million people in the U.S. and is a leading cause of death worldwide. It is caused when fatty deposits, called plaque, build up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. These blockages prevent blood flow and frequently trigger heart attacks. Advances in angioplasty, a procedure that involves putting a small device known as a stent to open the blocked artery, have saved millions of lives.
Holy Name Medical Center's cardiologists, committed to using the most advanced practices, technology and medications in treating cardiac conditions, are among the first to use a new generation of stents in eligible patients. The ABSORB stent dissolves over time, going one step further than the traditional metal stent, which remains in the artery permanently.
Made with material similar to dissolvable stitches, the ABSORB stent has a medicated coating that is slowly released over time to limit the growth of scar tissue, which then reduces the risk of recurrent blockages. Once it has dissolved, the original function of the arteries is restored.
Implanting stents has been the standard nonsurgical procedure to treat coronary artery disease since the 1990s. This condition is the most common type of heart disease.