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St. Bernards First in Arkansas to Implant New Stent

JONESBORO, Ark. (Oct. 9, 2018) – Today, physicians at St. Bernards Medical Center became the first in the state of Arkansas to implant the Eluvia™ Drug-Eluting Vascular Stent System, specifically developed for the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD). St. Bernards is only one of 20 hospitals in the country currently implanting the Eluvia.

Dr. Max Arroyo and Dr. Ahmed Ahmed, cardiologists at St. Bernards, implanted the stent, which was specifically designed to treat blockages in the arteries (often referred to as PAD) of the lower extremities.

This stent system allows the patient to receive sustained drug release over an extended period of time, providing treatment directly at the blockage site.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be the first in the state and the eight-state region to offer the Eluvia stent, which gives our patients another option for the treatment of PAD,” said Connie Hill, vice president of cancer and heart services at St. Bernards. “I am incredibly proud of our physician team and, specifically, Drs. Ahmed and Arroyo for leading the way in cutting-edge treatments.”

The Eluvia stent, developed by Boston Scientific, utilizes a drug-polymer combination to offer sustained release of the drug paclitaxel for a one-year timeframe, designed to prevent tissue regrowth that might otherwise block the stented artery.

The Eluvia stent was compared in head-to-head trials with the only other drug-coated peripheral stent on the market and the Eluvia has superior outcomes with 88.5 percent patency of the treated blockage at 12 months. Additionally, of those patients treated with the Eluvia stent, fewer went on to require surgical intervention when compared to other peripheral drug-coated stents on the market.

Approximately 8.5 million people in the United States are affected by PAD, which occurs when fatty or calcified atherosclerotic material, called plaque, builds up on the walls of the arteries of the legs, restricting blood flow and causing pain, swelling and a diminished quality of life. If blood flow is not restored and maintained, severe cases of PAD can lead to pain, ulcers and even amputation of the affected limb.

St. Bernards Healthcare, a non-profit healthcare system based in Northeast Arkansas, serves as the corporate parent of a number of healthcare entities, including the largest hospital in the region, St. Bernards Medical Center, a 438-bed acute care hospital that serves as a regional referral center for 23 counties in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. It is the only Level III Trauma Center in the region, houses the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the eastern part of Arkansas and has served as the trusted provider of comprehensive, compassionate healthcare services for 118 years. For more information, please visit or call the St. Bernards Healthline at 870.207.7300.

Photo attached: Dr. Ahmed Ahmed and Dr. Max Arroyo celebrate being the only two physicians in the state to implant the Eluvia stent, a new treatment for peripheral artery disease.


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