First Pennsylvania Patient Treated in Landmark Vascular Study

PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute offers new treatment option for leg artery blockages

Aug 27, 2015, 09:00 ET from PinnacleHealth System

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute enrolled the first patient in Pennsylvania and second in the United States in a trial assessing the safety and effectiveness of a new type of stent for blockages in the main artery of the leg. The new stent allows for greater flexibility within the artery and potentially less risk for stent fracture or re-narrowing after the stent is placed.

MIMICS-2 is a prospective, single-arm, multicenter clinical trial of the BioMimics 3D Stent System and will enroll 280 subjects in up to 40 sites in the U.S. and Germany. William Bachinsky, MD, FACC, medical director of Vascular Services at PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute, serves as principal investigator locally at PinnacleHealth.

The BioMimics 3D nitinol stent has unique helical curvature that involves adapting a straight stent design to a three-dimensional helical shape, which more closely mimics the natural geometry of the human vascular system.

"We are very excited about having this cutting edge technology available only at PinnacleHealth for patients with claudication or pain in the legs due to leg artery blockages," said Dr. Bachinsky. "The BioMimics 3D Stent could be a 'game changer' in femoral artery stent technology that may make the stents remain effective longer for patients."

The MIMICS-2 Study is one of more than 50 clinical trials for cardiovascular care currently underway at PinnacleHealth. For more information, contact PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute at (717) 731-0101.

About PinnacleHealth System

PinnacleHealth is a pioneer not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for the people of Central Pennsylvania since 1873. A proven leader in medical innovation, PinnacleHealth offers a wide range of services from primary care to the most complex surgeries and Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, West Shore, Harrisburg and Polyclinic). The new five-story West Shore Hospital includes 108 beds with an emergency department, medical/surgical care, cardiology, orthopedics, chronic disease management, and private patient rooms. PinnacleHealth is part of River Health ACO, an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Medical services, including family practice, imaging, outpatient surgery and oncology are offered at multiple locations throughout the region. For a complete list of services, visit our website at

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