Palm Beach North Industry Insight: Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
Providing World-Class Heart Care in Palm Beach County.
For individuals or businesses looking to relocate or expand to a new city, it is important to scope out what healthcare options would be available to you in any specific area. For example, if you’re considering moving to Palm Beach Gardens, you would be happy to know you’d have access to the Heart & Vascular Institute at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, which has been delivering advanced cardiac care to the community for three decades and counting. The hospital is the first in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast to perform open-heart surgery and has remained one of the area’s leading heart hospitals ever since.
Just recently, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center began offering a new device that may help individuals suffering from coronary artery disease (CAD) – the leading cause of death for American adults. The Abbott Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold, recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is inserted into a patient’s clogged artery to keep it open and restore blood flow. This innovative heart stent is made of a naturally dissolving material that gradually disappears in about three years and is designed to reduce the risk of future blockages that can occur with traditional metal stents. Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is the only hospital from Miami to Jacksonville to commercially utilize this alternative treatment option for CAD patients.
When a coronary artery (an artery feeding the heart muscle) is narrowed by a buildup of fatty deposits called plaque, it can reduce blood flow to the heart muscle, which may result in chest pain. If a clot forms and completely blocks the blood flow to part of the heart muscle, it can cause a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, the most common symptom of CAD is chest pain or discomfort, and other symptoms may include shortness of breath, palpitations or even fatigue.
Stents can help keep coronary arteries open and reduce the risk of a heart attack. Typically, patients who get the bioresorbable stent stay overnight and return home the day after the minimally invasive procedure. According to published studies, the Absorb bioresorbable stent has demonstrated comparable short-term and mid-term outcomes to the leading metallic stent, Abbott’s Xience drug eluting stent. Since there is no metal involved, the treated artery can potentially reacquire its normal shape, allowing the vessel to grow.
With this new technology, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center offers hope to those suffering from a heart condition that affects more than 15 million people in the United States. In addition to being the first in South Florida to implant the bioresorbable device, the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute was the first in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast to perform open-heart surgery. If you’ve been diagnosed with CAD and would like to receive a free physician referral to one of the seven doctors who perform this new procedure at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, please call 855-387-5864. For more information, you can also click here.
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