BSA is proud to be one of the first to launch the new Abbott Absorb dissolving heart stent in West Texas. The Absorb dissolving heart stent opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow, and then gradually dissolves in the body, reducing the risk of future blockages. While stents are traditionally made of metal and are permanent implants, this stent is made of a naturally dissolvable material called polylactide, similar to dissolving stitches. Absorb disappears completely in approximately three years after it has done its job of keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the treated artery segment. The Absorb stent is deployed the same way as a traditional stent - through an endovascular procedure.
This dissolvable heart stent 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. Coronary artery disease occurs when arteries that supply blood to the heart become narrowed or blocked due to plaque buildup, leading to chest pain and increasing the risk of a heart attack. More than half a million Americans receive a heart stent every year.
The dissolving stent has the greatest benefit for younger heart patients, typically between the ages of 45 to 65 who have a blockage in the front wall artery. If they develop problems in the future, a metal stent won’t be in the way of having heart bypass surgery.
Benefits of Absorb dissolving heart stent:
- Made of naturally dissolving material.
- Disappears in about three years.
- No permanent metal stent.
- Promotes healing of the artery.