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St. Joseph’s Cardiologist Authors Sub-Study on New Drug-Eluting Stent

Resolute Integrity Stent Found to be Highly Effective in Small Vessels

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center interventional cardiologist co-authored a study expanding on research that explored the efficacy of a drug-eluting stent for diabetic heart patients. This latest work, published in this month’s Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, studied the results of using Medtronic’s Resolute Integrity Stent System in patients with small vessels.

“Small vessels traditionally have outcomes that are not as good as large vessels,” said Ronald P. Caputo, MD, FACC, FSCAI, interventional cardiologist at St. Joseph’s. “This new generation stent was demonstrated to have excellent outcomes in this high-risk subgroup, which is really good news.”

St. Joseph’s was the first hospital in Syracuse to offer the Resolute stent, which is the first and only drug-eluting stent to be approved for treating patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and diabetes. Research shows that the 26 million U.S. diabetes patients have a two- to three-fold increased risk for CAD and two- to four-fold higher CAD morbidity and mortality rates.

“Historically it’s been difficult to treat CAD patients with diabetes because they tend to have smaller coronary arteries and persistently elevated blood-sugar levels, which can increase the rate of procedural complications and long-term safety risks,” said Dr. Caputo. “As a result, many of these patients have undergone open heart surgery versus stenting, which is a less invasive procedure.”

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, N.Y., providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.