JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The people who have coronary artery disease can face many difficult decisions, the least of which can be deciding how to treat the issue.
Now, a local hospital says it has the technology to treat patients with small blood vessels.
According to a news release, NEA Baptist announced June 1 that it has used the Medtronic Resolute Onyx 2.0 mm Drug-Eluting Stent for the first time. The stent is used with patients who have both coronary artery disease and small blood vessels.
Typically, people who have small vessels are unable to use the larger stents, with 65% of smaller vessels in critical areas in the heart, officials at the hospital said.
Dr. Matt Haustein, who is a cardiologist at NEA Baptist, performed the first case in March followed by cardiologist Dr. D.V. Patel.