Brandon, Florida (Sept. x, 2013) – Brandon Regional Hospital announces that Hoshedar Tamboli, MD, recently received approval from the Internal Review Board to participate in the ABSORB III clinical trial at the hospital testing the Absorb™ Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS), manufactured by healthcare company Abbott, for the treatment of heart disease, as part of the ABSORB III clinical trial. Brandon Regional Hospital is one of a select group of hospitals that was awarded the opportunity to conduct the clinical trials.
Absorb, an investigational device, is a small mesh tube that is designed to open a blocked heart vessel, restore blood flow to the heart and then dissolve into the blood vessel over time. ABSORB III is the first US clinical trial to evaluate the potential benefits of Absorb in comparison to a medicated metallic heart stent, also called a drug eluting stent, in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), a form of heart disease.
Dr. Tamboli expands his expertise with his participation in ABSORB III trial, which started with detailed training from Abbott on the different techniques involved with implanting this first-of-its kind device compared with a typical metallic stent.
Coronary artery disease is a leading cause of death for men and women in the United States and patients with CAD can experience symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath when the demand to blood to the heart is more than the heart’s ability to supply blood due to blockages in vessels that supply blood to the heart. These blockages are caused by the buildup of fat and cholesterol inside the vessel. Since the 1970s physicians have treated patients first with balloon angioplasty then with a metallic stent and finally a drug eluting metallic stent. This allowed many patients to avoid open heart surgery. About a decade ago, scientists at Abbott started development of Absorb and now Abbott is the first company in the world to begin testing a bioresorbable vascular scaffold in patients in the United States.
“I was at the forefront when regular stents that came out in ‘92 and in 2003,” said Dr. Tamboli, “and I placed the first drug eluting stent of Hillsborough County in a patient at Brandon Regional Hospital, and now Brandon Regional Hospital and I will make this fourth leap,” he added.
Unlike a metallic stent that remains permanently in the body, Absorb is referred to as a scaffold to indicate that it is a temporary structure. Abbott’s Absorb BVS is made of polylactide, a naturally dissolvable material that is commonly used in medical implants such as dissolving sutures.
About Brandon Regional Hospital
Brandon Regional Hospital is a proud member of the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. BRH is a 398-acute care facility which includes a 25-bed Behavioral Health Center. BRH holds the following certifications:
· The first hospital in Hillsborough County to receive accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI from The Society of Chest Pain Centers.
· The three star award for excellence in cardiac surgery – the highest award given by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
· Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
· The Bariatric Center of Excellence award by the American Society of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
· The Brandon Regional Hospital Echocardiography Lab has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in the area of adult transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
In addition, BRH offers quality patient care services including::
· The Women’s Center at Brandon Regional Hospital, which includes The Baby Suites, Level III NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), and new in-patient rooms for gynecology and anti-partum patients.
· The Reflux Center, which has developed a comprehensive approach for the diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux disease by combining highly skilled physicians and the latest technology to provide effective solutions.
· The Behavioral Health Center a 25 bed unit which emphasizes the importance of instilling hope with group and individual psychotherapy, medication assessment, psycho-educational group, family support and education groups, and interventions designed to guide the mind, body, and spirit to recovery.
· The Heart & Vascular Center offers the latest diagnoses and treatment options in neurological, spine and cardiac conditions.
Brandon Regional Hospital has recently initiated a program to only perform elective deliveries at 39 weeks gestation unless medically indicated. Although this initiative is becoming wide-spread throughout the nation, Brandon Regional Hospital and HCA implemented this initiative before it became a national movement.
Brandon Regional Hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, Florida 33511. For more information contact Patricia Montgomery, 813-571-5105 or go to BrandonRegionalHospital.com.