It’s not the first time Nancy Nalley has walked Seton’s halls. Last time she was there, she had two stents put in to help her heart.
“I had a lot of issues with the two main arteries in my heart,” Nalley said. “They were surprised I walked in.”
The stents keep Nalley’s arteries open. Hers are made of metal, but now there's a new type on the market: a dissolving stent.
“They’re both very flexible and give the artery the ability to be propped open,” interventional cardiologist Steven Gigliotti said. “The difference is that [the new ones] are made out of polylactic acid, so over time the stents will dissolve basically into carbon dioxide and water.”
The Seton Heart Institute is in the middle of a study to see how the new stent works, and they're enrolling patients with coronary artery disease.
“Then, we’ll be following them for five years, so they’ll come in once a year and check on how they’re doing,” Gigliotti said.
Nalley doesn't have the new high-tech stent, but she is grateful for the ones that are metal-made. They gave her piece of mind and saved her life.
“For the first time I could breathe,” Nalley said.
The Seton Heart Institute still needs patients for the study. Participants must have coronary artery disease and need a stent. For more information, check out www.setonheart.com.