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Dissolvable stents for coronary artery disease

A long-awaited advancement in cardiology is now available in Wichita.

Absorb, a dissolvable stent used to treat coronary artery disease, is now offered at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis.

Stents have been used since the 1980s to open up heart arteries that have become narrowed due to plaque buildup, which can lead to chest pain and increasing the risk of heart attack.

Traditional stents are made of metal and are inserted into the body permanently. Absorb stents are 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 artery.

The advancement means no metal will remain in the artery to restrict natural vessel motion. In clinical studies, Absorb demonstrated comparable outcomes to metallic stents, and risks were comparable to the metallic stents.

Via Christi is among the first in the country to offer Absorb, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration this summer.

Talk with your physician or cardiologist about Absorb dissolvable stents, or complete the form on this page to learn more.