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Sanford Heart Hospital offers fully dissolving heart stent

First-of-its-kind treatment for coronary artery disease available in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls is the first facility in a six-state-radius to offer patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment option that disappears over time. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease, the leading cause of death for men and women around the world.

Sanford USD Medical Center’s Heart Hospital has been selected as one of the first 35 locations in the United States to offer a naturally dissolving heart stent. Abbott’s Absorb stent is made of a naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures.

“Traditionally, we’d treat a patient with coronary artery disease with a metal stent, and it would stay with them for the rest of their life,” said Tom Stys, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Sanford Heart Hospital.  “Now, just like a doctor treating someone for a broken bone would remove a cast when the injury is healed, we’re able to use a stent that naturally dissolves after the artery is healed.  This leaves the artery with the ability to pulse and flex naturally.”

Sanford Heart Hospital’s interventional cardiology team underwent extensive training on the new device and has been certified to perform the surgery.  Sanford will offer the technology in other regions in coming months and years.

According to Abbott, the Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold is the world's first FDA-approved dissolving heart stent, receiving approval in July 2016.  Sanford Heart Hospital has been a clinical trial site for the device for the past three years.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 43 hospitals and nearly 250 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit

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