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Bryan Heart uses new technology

Bryan Heart uses new technology

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Posted By: Rachel Hofstra

Doctors at Bryan Heart are using a new technology for the first time. Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and Bryan Heart is using new and innovative ways to save these peoples lives. The hospital has successfully used a new heart stent that is safer for patients.

"What we are looking for is less problems down the road," said Dr. Scott Coatsworth.

A heart stent is used to restore blood flow to a clogged coronary artery. The regular tool is metal and stays in the patients’ body for a lifetime, but this new heart stent dissolves in three years.

"These arteries are not just fixed tubes, they fluctuate in their size and that degree of motion is potentially enhanced by a stent that goes away," said Dr. Coatsworth.

The new stent helps the artery to heal itself and then dissolves once it's unneeded. This eliminates foreign material and helps reduce irritation that can lead to infection and other heart problems.

"And after three years time the only thing left in Jim’s heart is a couple of small little markers so we can see where we have been, but the rest of the stent is totally gone," says Dr. Coatsworth.

Jim is a Nebraska man whose life was saved by this new technology.

"It’s almost like a new person once that blood returned to flow," said patient Jim Spahr.

He says even on the operating table he could feel the difference.

"All of the sudden I could just feel the flow bringing energy back; energy that I hadn't had for probably a year before that," said Spahr.

Doctors say the heart stent is not for everyone, but it's a new tool that will help get better results and provide a safer long–term outcome for patients.

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