Absorbable coronary artery stents are progressing in their development.
While current third generation drug eluding stents are amazingly effective and durable, they are permanent structures that remain inside the artery forever.
The newest stents under development are aiming to be as effective as the current "gold standard" permanent stent but be absorbable over a short period of time. Researchers are hoping that this will enable the artery to act normally and be able to expand and contact (unlike arteries that are fixed in size by a permanent stent)
While not ready for prime time just yet, these stents are continuing to be tested in humans.
More to come...
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