St. Elizabeth surgeons offer first-of-its-kind heart treatment

St. Elizabeth surgeons offer first-of-its-kind heart treatment (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A man from northern Kentucky is saying a big thank you to a medical team and a boss that may have helped save his life.

It's a first of its kind heart treatment that ultimately helped save him; a new stent now being used by the Interventional Cardiology Team at Saint Elizabeth Healthcare.

Wayne Brown told Local 12, “I guess I was being hard headed like everyone else.”

Brown admitted he was having bad chest pain at work but didn't see Dr. Kevin Miller until his boss told him he looked like he needed help.

“I didn't want to give up and go to the hospital and say something was wrong,” said Brown.

Not only was something wrong but he had a vessel that was 80 percent blocked.

Dr. Miller, an Interventional Cardiologist, and his team made the decision that Brown was an ideal candidate for a new type of stent, or wire mesh tube, that is absorbed back into the body.

Mike Carpenter with Abbot Vascular, said, “This has been in the making for 12 years now.”

The stent is placed into the heart with a tiny wire, a stent delivery catheter, and then the blockage is opened so blood can flow through it.

Dr. Miller said, “So this is what I am seeing initially, you put it in, year two I am seeing it dissolve. Year five it’s totally gone; reabsorbed into the artery, and you have a normal healthy artery once again.”

The advantage is that if the area re-blocks people can use another treatment, or stent, to open it up again. For Brown the stent has done its job. The only thing he feels now in his heart is gratitude to a medical team and a boss who may have helped save his life!

“When I go back to work I am going to give him a big hug and say thank you!”

The stent was just approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Miller was the first to implant a stent in a Tri-State patient and he did it while on Facebook live.

CLICK HERE for more information on the stent.

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