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The sudden and abrupt announcement Raleigh General Hospital has put a stop to cardiac stent surgery has been causing a lot of concern within the community. It is a story people have reached out to our Facebook page about and even asked our 59 News Crews in person about.

59 News is working for you to find out what folks in the area think about this sudden halt in surgery performance.

It's a tool that could save your life. According to medical experts, stents are small; mesh expandable tubes are used to treat narrowed or weakened arteries in the body. They said it could help treat a heart attack. But now, getting a stent at Raleigh General hospital will be impossible for the next several days.

"I would have them send me somewhere else and if you can't do it and it's a stent, really? It doesn't matter if its in your kidneys or your heart, send me somewhere else where I can get the treatment," Lynn Sweet of Fayette County said/.

According to a statement from Raleigh General Hospital administrators, "due to a shortage in physician availability, the hospital is stopping cardiac stents."

The surgery will be unavailable for 5 days.

59 News has placed several calls into Raleigh General Hospital to get more information but our calls went unreturned.

A 5 day suspension may not seem like a big deal, but for someone dealing with a heart condition like Terri Williams, the suspension remains extremely unsettling.

59 News Reporter Lauren Hensley asked, "Does it make you uneasy?"

"Yeah it really does. I have heart disease so I guess that is pretty dangerous," Tina Williams of Raleigh County said.

Stick with 59 News both on air and online for updates on this story.