At Trios Health a new program is bringing a modern procedure to our region that could save the lives of locals.
KENNEWICK, WA - At Trios Health a new program is bringing a modern procedure to our region that could save the lives of locals.
Stents that help blood flow where it needs to go can be put in place here rather than sending their patients elsewhere. In the case of 76 year-old patient Jack Gross - it could very well save his life.
"It's probably because I eat like a pig and I haven't taken care of myself over the years," explained gross. His arteries are a bit clogged, his kidneys are not doing so great and he is not as fast as he once was. He would still like to run around with his grandkids. "I mean I can run right now it's just that I get tired real fast."
All of that is about to change with two tiny balloons that touch where the main arteries in his legs connect. That area has less blood flow, which is making it harder to walk and ultimately slowing Jack down. They will expand the balloons and leave behind a thin wire stent that opens up the vessels clogged by plaque from eating unhealthy. It gets blood pumping back to normal.
"We can now offer these patients a viable alternative without the need for open surgical procedures," explained Dr. Yunus Moosa, the Interventional Cardiologist taking care of Gross.
Patients are in and out all in one day and the results are sometimes lifesaving. When blood flows better, the heart works less and ultimately could prevent a heart attack or other damage that Jack could have felt if he did not get help.
"This is easy. He comes in the morning and he can go home this afternoon or this evening. He'll be up on his feet tomorrow and start walking," said Dr. Moosa.
The people at Trios say they are excited. They have always had heart care but now it is just getting better and so are their patients.
"Jack, I hope you feel better. I hope this helps. you have a terrific family and I really hope that this improves your symptoms and I hope to see you soon. Or not maybe," said Dr. Moosa to his recovering patient.
The stent that was put in place will stay there and continue to help Jack's body pump blood and keep him healthy.