NEA Baptist in Jonesboro has introduced a new treatment option for individuals with coronary artery disease.
The treatment applies lithotripsy, which uses sonic pressure waves to break up kidney stones, to treat calcified coronary artery disease. This approach can help break up calcium that is obstructing blood flow in the heart.
Calcium builds up in the heart when plaque in the arteries hardens. When physicians uses stents to open an artery, individuals with significant calcium build-ups are more likely to have negative reactions.
With intravascular lithotripsy, physicians can use sonic pressure waves to break up the calcium, allowing them to expand arteries in the heart.