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Beebe Healthcare Advances Cardiology Service by Offering First-of-its-kind Fully Dissolving Heart Stent
March 1, 2017
The interventional cardiology team at Beebe Healthcare recently became the first on the Delmarva Peninsula to offer patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment option that literally disappears over time.
Dr. Ehtasham Qureshi, Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist, performed the first implant at Beebe this week. The AbsorbTM bioresorbable vascular scaffold is the world’s first FDA-approved dissolving stent, signaling a major advance in the treatment of coronary artery disease, which affects 15 million people in the United States and remains a leading cause of death worldwide despite decades of therapeutic advances.
While stents are traditionally made of metal, Abbott’s Absorb stent is made of a naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures. Absorb starts to dissolve after implantation in a blocked artery and disappears completely in about three years, after it has done its job of keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the treated artery segment. By contrast, metal stents are permanent implants.
Recently approved by FDA, Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow, then gradually dissolves in the body—reducing the risk of future blockages that can occur with metal stents.
The Joint Commission Certifies Beebe Healthcare’s Hip and Knee Replacement and Spine Surgery programs
January 17, 2017
The Joint Commission has awarded Beebe Healthcare with a Certification for hip and knee replacement surgery programs and a Certification for Beebe’s spine surgery program. Beebe Healthcare was recognized with Five Star ratings for orthopaedic surgery by Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor, the right hospital for the right care. Beebe was recognized as a: