AKRON, Ohio - An Akron hospital is one of four in the country testing a new, less invasive procedure to relieve chest pain.
Surgeons at Akron City Hospital are using robotic arms to poke tiny holes in the heart muscle to improve blood flow. The procedure is known by the initials TMR and it allows doctors to treat chronic chest pain without major surgery that can involve splitting the breastbone or cutting through ribs to reach the heart.
One Akron surgeon says TMR could allow patients to recover faster and face fewer risks of complications.
Hospitals in Nashville, Atlanta and Odessa, Texas also are trying out the new procedure.