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Published on November 09, 2016

Abington – Jefferson Health Offers First-of-its-Kind Reabsorbing Heart Stent for Patients with Heart Disease

Bruce Klugherz, MDABINGTON, PA. (November 9, 2016) — Abington – Jefferson Health’s interventional cardiology team recently became one of the first in the area to offer patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment option that disappears over time.

“We are thrilled to offer our patients the Absorb stent as an additional treatment option,” said Bruce Klugherz, M.D., interventional cardiologist and Director of the Catheterization Lab at Abington Hospital. “Similar to other stents, this opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow. But this technology gradually reabsorbs over time, as opposed to metal stents which stay in the body permanently.”

Coronary artery disease affects 15 million people in the United States and remains a leading cause of death worldwide despite therapeutic advances. Over time, fats, cholesterol and other substances build up in the walls of arteries to form plaque, which can lead to symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath. In some cases, a plaque can rupture, causing a blood clot to form, obstructing blood flow to the heart muscle, resulting in a heart attack.

The Absorb stent is made of a material that reabsorbs, similar to dissolving sutures. The stent disappears in about three years, after it has done its job of keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the treated artery segment.

Patients interested in learning more can call 215-481-MEDI or visit the website.

About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, two urgent Care Centers and five convenient outpatient facilities, which include Abington Health Center – Willow Grove, Abington Health Center – Warminster, Abington Health Center – Blue Bell, Abington Health Center – Lower Gwynedd and Abington Health Center – Montgomeryville. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. In addition, some physicians are members of Abington Health Physicians, an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, a newly formed organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

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