Cardiovascular Center of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, First Group to Use Dissolvable Artery-Opening Device
Star Healthcare Puerto Rico Hub Member, Cardiovascular Center of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean became the first and only medical practice to use the dissolvable device in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Edwin Perez Marrero an Interventional Cardiologist from the Cardiovascular Center of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, placed the first “stent” that after three years of being implemented, will dissolve in the body for 81 years it was received, with a history of diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease. The Cardiovascular Center of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean is staffed by 9 Interventional Cardiologist and is the only group in Puerto Rico using this technology.
According to the US Government coronary artery disease, the artery-narrowing condition causes about 370,000 U.S. deaths each year. The new device replaces current technology that uses permanent mesh-wire tubes to hold open arteries during and after procedures to clear fatty plaque.
The use of mesh-wire stents surged in the beginning of the year 2000 as a treatment for people suffering from chest pain or heart attacks caused by clogged arteries. These metallic stents are still implanted in about 850,000 U.S. patients annually.
Dr. Edwin Perez Marrero, explained “Unlike the metal stents that remain for the life of the patient, these stents are absorbed and disappear completely from the body after three years. It has been used in Europe for five years. In the United States it has been approved by FDA (Federal Food and Drug Administration) since July 5.”
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