New Heart Procedure at TMH

Local doctors are pumped up about a modified procedure for heart patients. Tallahassee Memorial Hospital is offering a breakthrough in angioplasty that not only treats the problem, but also increases the patient's chance they won't have to come back.

About three weeks ago, Donald smith had persistent chest pains. And he was right. Doctors at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital performed an angioplasty and placement of a stent to unclog the artery and restore normal blood flow.

Renarrowing is due to the scar tissue that forms because of the stent. But now cardiologists such as Dr. Batchelor are using a revolutionary, antibiotic coated stent. Now walking a mile a day, smith is feeling fine physically, but knowing his chances of staying away from the operating table really steps up his spirit.

TMH says it’s the only area hospital to offer this modified procedure. Dr. Batchelor says locally, more than 700 patients a year require angioplasty.