Spanish surgeons perform 70,000 coronary stent operations every year

La Paz University Hospital in Madrid has just released a report from their Interventional Cardiology Unit showing that 70,000 patients every year receive coronary stent surgery.

Head of the unit, Raul Moreno has praised the advancements in technology that allows more patients than ever to receive stent cells.

Each year in Spain 50,000 people die from heart disease, but that number is coming down thanks to coronary stent surgery being available in every autonomous community.

The stent is known to reduce the death rate following a heart attack by 95% and is not the only thing helping to reduce heart attacks.

New imaging techniques and even smart watches with health trackers are cutting down the chances of dying from a heart attack.

Technology is not the only answer in the fight against heart disease though; University Cardiology Head Fernando Arribas says that although new technologies allow doctors to treat heart patients sooner, it does not cure the underlying facts as to the cause.

“Technology not only has to help us better detect patients, but also to produce knowledge, and we need more data to organize our processes and be more efficient.”

A stent is a tiny tube that your doctor can insert into a blocked passageway to keep it open. The stent restores the flow of blood or other fluids, depending on where it’s placed.

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