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Cardiologists with Asheville Cardiology Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health, are leading the way in the number of cases performed in a national clinical trial of a novel netcovered stent used in patents who have just experienced an ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), better known as a heart attack. More than half of the U.S. total cases performed in the trial thus far have taken place at Mission Hospital.

The first U.S. stent implantation of the trial was performed at Mission Hospital on Dec. 6, 2013. To date, eight surgeries implanting the device, the MGuardTM Prime Embolic Protection Stent (EPS) with MicroNetTM covering, have taken place at Mission. The devices are manufactured by InspireMD, which has U.S. operations headquartered in Boston, Mass.

Stents such as this one are small metal mesh devices that are placed within an artery to open a blocked section so that blood flow throughout the cardiovascular system can continue unimpeded. The FDA trial, known as MASTER II (MGuard for Acute ST Elevation Reperfusion), is the second in a series of randomized clinical studies intended to validate that the device is safe and effective, and can then be approved by the FDA for widespread use in patients in the United States.


The Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse will host a daylong training session on integrated care and recovery Monday, April 7, at Western Carolina University.

The event, to be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building, is open to all students, people with personal experience in the area of substance abuse, prevention specialists, treatment and recovery providers, and other stakeholders.

L. Worth Bolton, clinical assistant professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work, will lead the training workshop that will include sessions on integrated care and screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) and recovery-oriented systems of care, as well as a screening of the film “The Anonymous People.”


Angel Medical Center will hold a Free Community Event on Friday, April 11, 8 a.m. to noon, in the third floor meeting room.

There will be a complete heart healthy breakfast, health screenings from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., physician presentations at 9:15, 10 and 11 a.m.

Space is limited, registration is required.

For more information or to register, call Barbara Hall at (828)369-4166.

Are you over 65 years old and want to be more active? Do you want to maintain and increase strength, balance, and endurance? Your Medicare supplement may have the answer for you in the form of a benefit program called Silver Sneakers.

Silver Sneakers was specifically developed to provide an enjoyable, energizing program encouraging physical activity for senior citizens. Silver Sneakers currently has 11,000 participating locations and nearly two million members.

“It is designed to improve and maintain health for people on Medicare,” said gym owner Gino Pignataro.


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