June 1, 2018


NEA Baptist Uses Latest Stent Technology to Tackle Clinical Challenge of Treating Coronary Artery Disease in Previously Untreatable Patients

Jonesboro, Ark., June 1, 2018 – NEA Baptist announced  today its first commercial use of the Medtronic Resolute Onyx™ 2.0 mm Drug-Eluting Stent (DES) – the smallest sized DES on the market, designed specifically for small vessels. The new stent is unique in that it is intended to help interventional cardiologists treat patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who have small vessels often untreatable with larger stent technologies during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). It is estimated that approximately 65 percent of smaller vessels (≤ 2.25 mm) are in critical locations of the heart, making them significant lesions to treat.

The first case was performed by Dr. Matt Haustein, cardiologist at NEA Baptist in March, followed shortly after by Dr. D.V. Patel, cardiologist also at NEA Baptist.

The patient who underwent the first procedure, Carey Clayton, had great things to say about his experience. He stated, “The care is excellent here – from Dr. Haustein to the nurses and all of the staff. They are just exceptional! Dr. Haustein even talked to me during the procedure.” Clayton was identified as a candidate for the new stent technology when he had an appointment with Haustein due to an excessive amount of chest pain and shortness of breath. Clayton is the proud grandfather to two grandchildren who were both born at NEA Baptist.

The first-and-only 2.0 mm DES size available in the U.S., the newly approved stent joins the unique Resolute Onyx 4.5- and 5.0-mm DES to provide physicians with the broadest DES size matrix available, expanding treatment options for patients with the smallest coronary vessels to the largest, from the simplest of anatomies to the most complex. In addition, the stent is engineered with the lowest crossing profile of any DES (less than 1 mm) enabling exceptional deliverability. Once delivered, the Resolute Onyx 2.0 mm DES is engineered to expand from 2.0 mm to the maximum labeled expansion diameter of 3.25 mm.

The Resolute Onyx DES platform is the first-and-only DES to feature Core Wire Technology, an evolution of Continuous Sinusoid Technology (CST). CST is a unique Medtronic method of stent manufacturing, which involves forming a single strand of cobalt alloy wire into a sinusoidal wave to construct a stent. Core Wire Technology enables thinner struts while maintaining structural strength and visibility.

NEA Baptist Health System comprises NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, NEA Baptist Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care and NEA Baptist Clinic, northeast Arkansas’ largest physician group. The 228-bed hospital offers cancer care, heart care through the Heart Center, labor and delivery services through the hospital’s Women’s Center, as well as a number of inpatient and outpatient services, emergency care, and surgical services including weight loss surgery, neurology, respiratory care, and pulmonary rehabilitation. NEA Baptist Clinic’s over 100 physicians practice in more than 35 specialties and offer a wealth of services, from pediatrics to orthopedic services.

For more information about NEA Baptist, please call 870-936-1000 or 870-936-8000 or visit www.neabaptist.com or www.neabaptistclinic.org.