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Central Carolina Hospital (CCH) has become the first hospital in North Carolina to place a new type of stent below the knee for patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI).

The procedure was performed by Rajiv Swamy, MD, Chief of Medicine and interventional cardiologist at CCH, using a new below-the-knee stent scaffolding system developed by Abbott Laboratories. CCH is one of a few national sites where the procedure is being done.

“This new stent is a tremendous advancement for patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia, or CLTI,” Dr. Swamy said. “CLTI is a serious condition caused by lack of blood flow and oxygen to the limbs. Although it is rare, uncontrolled peripheral artery disease can lead to CLTI.”

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