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St. Mary’s Hospital is One of First Tucson Hospitals to Offer New Dissolving Stent Procedure for Heart Patients

Nov 28, 2016

*Tucson, AZ – Oct. 14, 2016 – Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital is one of the first hospitals in Tucson to implant a new FDA-approved dissolving heart stent in a patient with coronary artery disease. 

The new stent, made of a biodegradable polymer, which is similar to the material used in dissolving sutures, is designed to dissolve completely in about three years, reducing the risk of future blockages. Although traditional metal stents have been used successfully in cardiac patients for many years, scar tissue can sometimes develop. 

“It is a privilege to be part of one of the first interventional cardiology teams in Southern Arizona to offer the new fully bioresorbable coronary stent,” said Dr. Craig Hoover. “This novel technology promises to be a great addition to the treatment options we offer our patients.  The physicians of Carondelet Heart and Vascular Institute are excited to be able to deliver this innovative therapy to patients throughout Southern Arizona.” 

“We are one of the first hospitals in Southern Arizona to implant the dissolving stent, continuing our position as a leader in this region for exceptional heart care,” explained Amy Beiter, MD, CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital. “The dissolving stent is an innovative therapy for patients with coronary artery disease and one of the pioneering options we are proud to offer our patients.”

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, coronary artery disease is responsible for approximately 370,000 deaths in the United States alone.  When cholesterol-containing deposits build up and narrow the coronary arteries, blood flow to the heart decreases and can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue or other heart disease symptoms.  Coronary artery disease is most often treated with a procedure called angioplasty, historically with limited treatment options - the metal stent.  Now new options are available for some patients.

Additional information about the Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Mary’s Hospital and the dissolving heart stent is available online at or by calling (520) 696—CHVI.

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