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70 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 2003 Christiana Hospital: drug-coated stents reduce complications I medication that is slowly absorbed by the coronary Devices used for cardiac care Drug-coated or eluting stents - the latest advance in cardiovascular care and which earned national at- tention with recent FDA approval - are now available in Delaware exclusively through Christiana Care Health System. The devices are expected to dramat- ically improve long-term outcomes for patients who undergo coronary stenting by preventing the genera- tion of scar tissue - restenosis - at the stent site. "As their main contribution, drug eluting stents will make coronary stenting more predictable and durable by reducing the need for repeat procedures due to restenosis," said Dr. James Hopkins, Chris- tiana Care's medical director of Interventional Cardi- ology. Stents are tiny tubular, wire mesh metal support devices placed inside the coronary arteries to keep them from collapsing after angioplasty. Christiana Care cardiologists have used stents at Christiana Hospital since the mid-1990s and now place more than 3,000 of the devices a year, making it one of the highest volume, most experienced stent placement centers in the region. The new generation of stents are coated with a artery over a period of four to six weeks. The drug, siromulus, helps keep scar tissue from building up in the artery, causing it to clog up again. Called in-stent restenosis, these scar tissue blockages occur in an estimated 15 to 30 percent of patients treated with conventional bare metal stents not coat- ed with the medication. For many of these patients, repeat trips to the car- diac catheterization lab, or even the open-heart oper- ating room, have been necessary to reopen the arter- ies and keep blood flowing to the heart. Clinical trials show that drug-coated stents can re- duce restenosis by 60 percent to 70 percent, com- pared to the bare metal stent, and reduce the needs for repeat angioplasties from 15 percent with bare metal stents to less than five percent. Patients should consult with their cardiologists to see if they would benefit from the new technology. Christiana Care's Heart & Vascular Program is one of the busiest, most comprehensive cardiovascular programs in the Mid-Atlantic region. It specializes in preventing, diagnosing, evaluat- ing, treating and rehabilitating patients with cardio- vascular disease. Website offers tips The lifetime risk of an individ- ual in the United States develop- ing melanoma was one in 71 in 2001; by 2010, that number will increase to one in 50, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation. In response to those alarming statistics, and in recognition of ay as National Melamoma/Skin ameer Detection and Prevention Month, Galderma Laboratories has joined forces with The Skin for avoiding melanoma, skin cancer Cancer Foundation to arm Ameri- cans with the information they need to combat this disease. Detailed descriptions of warn- ing signs, as well as guidelines for sun protection, are available on Since people receive 50 percent to 80 percent of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18, detection is the most important part of pro- tecting against skin cancer. Detection is simple: know the warning signs and check the body on a regular basis. To learn the warning signs, click on the "National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month" box on the home page of the Galderma Laboratories website. Those who see any of the warn- ing signs should consult with a dermatologist for a diagnosis. Bipolar Continued from page 69 der, 39 percent of Americans felt portrayals of people with bipolar disorder have been more negative; 11 percent thought it was more positive. The margin of error for this sur- vey was +/- 3 percent, with a 95 percent confidence level. "These stereotypes are.rea_l lar- tiers that prevent those who may have the illness from seeking the care they need," Faenza said. "As America's favorite source for health information, the media play a key role in changing mis- perceptions and helping individu- als with bipolar disorder get help and get better." Through a series of distinct, black and white print and televi- sions announcements, as well as radio spots, the NMHA Bipolar Disorder: Do You Know It? cam- paign emphasizes that help and information are available for those who may have bipolar dis' order and prompts individuals, families and friends to take action - seeking help from a health-care professional who can provide them with am accurate diagnosis and inform them of available treatment options. The public can contact NMHA at 800-969-6642 or to receive free educational materials about bipo- lar disorder. The PSA campaign is a compo- nent of NMHA's Campaign for America's Mental Health. Symptoms of the manic state in- elude increased energy, activity, restlessness, racing thoughts, rap- id talking, decreased need for sleep and unrealistic believe in one's abilities and powers. Symptoms of the depressive state include loss of pleasure or interest in activities once enjoyed; a distinctly low or irritable mood; change in appetite and sleep pat- terns; fatigue; thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts. On average, patients receive 3.5 misdiagnoses and consult four physicians before receiving an ac- curate diagnosis. Diabetic Supplies DELIVERED Little or No Cost! 00%iiiiiiii!ii!!!ii!ii!!ii!ii!C,%,: 888-722-7556 Independence with 538 E. $dvanndfl RcI,. Lewes The one rce for all yoUr i CO U P Springtime: New Beginnings & Growth Individuals- Families- Couples Traditional & Alternative Specialities: Depressive and Addictions Disorders Two New Services: Life Coaching and Astrological Timing Rehoboth Beach (302) 226-3661 DR. KATHARINE M. 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