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Two firsts in heart technology – now here.

Patients with heart disease or heart failure now have access to revolutionary new treatments right here in Bismarck, ND.

Abbott Absorb™ stent

Patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) now have access to a new treatment option not available anywhere else in North Dakota. Sanford is one of the first locations in the country to use a first-of-its-kind naturally dissolving heart stent.

The “disappearing” heart device, called the Absorb™ stent, is designed to open a blocked heart vessel, restore blood flow to the heart and then dissolve into the blood vessel over time. Unlike a metallic stent that remains permanently in the body, Absorb is considered a temporary structure. It is made of a naturally dissolvable material commonly used in medical implants such as dissolving sutures.

This dissolving stent allows patients with CAD to be treated without needing to commit to a permanent metal implant. It reduces the long-term effects of the permanent, metal stent and also allows more natural vessel movement. This can help ease patients’ concerns about returning to their daily activities with this temporary, more flexible type of stent.

CardioMEMSTM HF System

Patients with heart failure now have access to a new technology not available anywhere else in central and western North Dakota. The CardioMEMS™ HF system is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device, and has proven to significantly reduce heart failure hospitalizations and improve quality of life.

The system includes a miniature wireless sensor – no bigger than a dime -  that is implanted into the pulmonary artery. It is designed to last the lifetime of the patients and requires no batteries. The sensor transmits blood pressure and heart rate data from inside the body, allowing your physician to proactively manage your medications and other treatment options while also providing an early indication of worsening heart failure.

Sanford physicians how have access to daily reading on how their patients are responding to medications and therapies. The information provided by the CardioMEMS system helps physician make proper adjustments to keep patients healthy, active and out of the hospital.