Interventional cardiologist Dr. Charles Croft of Melbourne and nurse practitioner Jennifer Konowitz of the Sebastian River Medical Center’s catheterization lab are operating on the cutting edge of modern medicine, having just started work on a worldwide clinical trial for the FDA-approved Cobra PzF cardio stent by CeloNova.
Stents are metal or plastic mesh tubes that, according to the American Heart Association, “help keep coronary arteries open and reduce the chance of a heart attack. A stent is inserted into the clogged artery with a balloon catheter. The balloon is inflated and the stent expands and locks in place. This holds the artery open and allows blood to flow more freely.”
Until it doesn’t.