CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — According to the CDC, coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.
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And it kills about 370,000 people a year, but a new technology at Mercy Medical Center offers patients some new treatment options.
Doctors at Mercy are using the new Resolute Onyx, a type of medicated stent or tiny wire tube to treat clogged arteries.
And using these new stents can actually help treat more patients and reduce the risk of a heart attack.
The cardiologist open a clogged artery, allowing blood to flow more freely.
When there is less blood flow to the heart, a person may start to feel chest pain and if the blood stops flowing to the heart, it could result in a heart attack.
Mercy just finished their first procedure this month using these new stents.
“We put two stents in there, he was just lucky enough to be the first patient to receive this new technology, we got a really nice result and he’s feeling well,” says Dr. Ryan Hollenbeck, a cardiologist with Mercy Medical Center.
Lloyd Hofmaster has dealt with coronary disease for a long time.
He’s had blockages in the arteries in his heart for years.
Hofmaster underwent a bypass surgery 20 years ago to replace damaged arteries in his heart.
But now Mercy is using a new type of medicated stent to help prevent that blockage from coming back.
And he was the first patient in Iowa to receive this treatment.
“It was kind of a shock yesterday when they told me about it, but its working out good,…