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FDA Approved Treatment

North Ridge First in State to Perform FDA-Approved Procedure for Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease New Procedure Helps Reduce Risks Most Commonly Associated with Angioplasty North Ridge Medical Center (NRMC) is the first medical facility in Florida to perform cardiac procedures using the new FDA-approved Beta-Cath System developed for patients suffering from in-stent restenosis, one of the most common risks associated with angioplasty. In-stent restenosis is the blockage of arteries that results from a build-up of scar tissue at the site of the lesion after balloon angioplasty or stent placement. The Beta-Cath system, developed by Novoste Corp., is designed to prevent the blockage of arteries by delivering beta radiation seeds (vascular brachytherapy) directly to the site. “Several staff physicians have already been trained on this newly FDA-approved procedure,” said Cliff Bauer, chief executive officer of NRMC. “These physicians will be working in conjunction with our radiation oncologist.” Coronary artery disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States, usually occurs when arteries become clogged and blood flow to the heart becomes restricted. Angioplasty, an alternative to open heart surgery, dilates the arteries and restores normal blood flow to the heart. Most angioplasties today are performed using stents, which are metal coils that are inserted to support blood vessels after they have been dilated. Stents provide support and prevent recoil. It is estimated that 150,000 patients were treated for in-stent restenosis in 1999. “We are proud to offer the new Beta-Cath System for our cardiac patients, a demonstration of our unwavering commitment to providing our patients the highest caliber of medical care using the latest in medical technology,” Bauer said. NRMC was ranked number one in Florida and in the top 5 percent of the nation for its cardiac services by HealthGrades, an information grading system. HealthGrades develops report cards on more than 5,000 hospitals across the country