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Less Invasive Heart Procedure Delivers a New Lease on Life

David Otto, Gladstone,
enjoys the simpler things
in life, like yardwork,
after undergoing a new
heart procedure which
proved to be the answer
for his heart blockage.

David Otto was ready to be one of the first people in Kansas City to have the drug-eluting stent procedure, and he chose to have it done at North Kansas City Hospital.

David suffered heart attacks in 1984 and 2002. When his wife, CeCe, noticed he was short of breath and more tired, David went in for tests, which revealed one of the arteries leading to his heart was over 95% blocked. His doctors felt David was a good candidate for the drug-eluting procedure because his risk for bypass surgery was high.

As part of the procedure, a tiny metal stent is coated with a drug called sirolimus, which is absorbed through the heart vessel over several weeks after implantation. Studies show the stent helps eliminate tissue regrowth inside the artery, which reduces the risk of reblockage and potential repeat procedures.

In an angioplasty procedure, a tiny balloon is inflated within an artery to push plaque against the artery wall. When the balloon is deflated, a wire-meshed stent provides a metal framework to keep the artery open. In 15-30% of cases, scar-like tissue grows into the stent, which may cause the artery to clog again. The drug-eluting stent releases drugs to help reduce the rate of scar tissue growth and reblockage of the artery.

"I was relieved to get the drug-eluting stent since it has a higher success rate at keeping the artery open compared to a regular stent," David says. 

"This state-of-the art technology may help reduce the need for additional angioplasty procedures or bypass surgery for patients like David," says W. Kent Barr, MD, who performed the procedure. Dr. Barr is a cardiologist with Meritas Health Cardiology.

David recovered quickly from the procedure. "This was much less invasive than his previous bypass surgery," CeCe says. "Within 24 hours, he was up and about. David is not only grateful North Kansas City Hospital has this new technology available, he also raves about the care he received. "Everyone was so helpful and caring," he says.

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