Features January 2014 Issue

Clinical Trials of a Bioabsorbable Stent Now Underway

Like traditional stents, the Abbott bioabsorbable stent works by pressing fatty desposits called plaque against the wall of the artery to improve blood flow.

Clinical Trials of a Bioabsorbable Stent Now Underway

Doctors are hoping these “disappearing” stents will be safer and more effective than traditional stents.

A new generation of stents is being tested in human clinical trials. Unlike today’s stents, which remain in the artery for life, these stents are simply absorbed into the surrounding tissue after blood flow has been restored. That’s why they are called “bioabsorbable.”

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