LRMC first in area to offer dissolving heart stent

The interventional cardiology team at Leesburg Regional Medical Center (LRMC) made history as the first in Central Florida to offer patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment option.

Dr. Srinivas Attanti last week implanted a patient with the world’s first FDA-approved dissolving heart stent. The Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold is a major advance in the treatment of coronary artery disease, which affects 15 million people in the United States.

While stents are traditionally made of metal, Abbott’s Absorb stent is made of a naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures. Absorb disappears completely in about three years, after it has done its job of keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the treated artery segment. By contrast, metal stents are permanent implants.

“Traditionally, we would treat a patient with coronary artery disease with a metal stent, and it would stay with them for the rest of their life,” Attanti said in a press release.

As a board-certified interventional cardiologist with Citrus Cardiology Consultants, PA and on the medical staff at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Attani added, “Now, just like a doctor treating someone for a broken bone would remove a cast when the injury is healed, we’re able to use a stent that naturally dissolves after the artery is healed. This leaves the artery with the ability to pulse and flex naturally.”


Attani said the dissolving stent technology is suitable for most patients, especially for seniors who would not be able to take essential blood thinners if implanted with a metal stent.

To ensure optimal patient selection and implant technique, LRMC’s interventional cardiology team underwent specialized training on the new device.

Don Henderson, president and CEO of Central Florida Health, the parent organization of Leesburg Regional Medical Center, says the organization is pleased to add the stent to its lineup of treatment options. “The addition of this new procedure, combined with the expertise of our heart and vascular team, will help LRMC continue to offer patients the best care possible using the most innovative technology available,” Henderson said in a press release.

About Leesburg Regional Medical Center

Leesburg Regional Medical Center (LRMC) is a 308-bed acute care hospital that has served Leesburg and the surrounding communities for more than 50 years. As Lake County’s largest tertiary care hospital, LRMC offers advanced cardiac care at its Heart Institute, which includes one of the largest open-heart programs inFlorida. The hospital also offers advanced orthopedic care at its dedicated inpatient Joint Center and provides both neurosurgery and medical neurological care. To learn more, visit

About Central Florida Health

Central Florida Health (CFH) is a locally owned and governed not-for-profit healthcare system and the largest, most comprehensive provider of healthcare services in the region. CFH provides services to Lake, Sumter, and Marion counties through inpatient acute hospital services at The Villages® Regional Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center, inpatient rehabilitation services at TVRH Rehabilitation Hospital and diagnostic laboratory services at several locations. As a premier healthcare provider, CFH takes pride in providing progressive, innovative technology, along with building strong relationships with patients, families, physicians and residents of the communities we serve. To learn more, visit