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Northwestern Medicine Researchers Investigate New Stent Technology to Treat Coronary Artery Disease
Date:8/16/2013

CHICAGO, Aug. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute recently enrolled its first subject in ABSORB III, a clinical trial to study a "disappearing" heart device for the treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD). The investigational device, called the Absorb™ Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS), made by healthcare company Abbott, is a small mesh tube designed to perform like a metallic stent by opening a blocked coronary artery and restoring blood flow to the heart. Unlike a traditional stent, which remains in the body permanently, the Absorb BVS is a temporary structure that dissolves over time.[i]

ABSORB III is the first U.S. clinical trial to evaluate the Absorb BVS System's potential benefits in comparison to a traditional drug eluting stent in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Researchers at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute are the first in Chicago to enroll subjects in the trial. 

"Coronary artery disease is the most common heart disease and a leading cause of death in both men and women," said Mark J. Ricciardi, M.D., medical director for the Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Center for Coronary Disease at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and Northwestern's principal investigator for ABSORB III. "For these patients, the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart is blocked by a buildup of plaque in the walls of the coronary arteries. When enough blood doesn't reach the heart, patients experience symptoms including chest pain and shortness of breath."    

For more than three decades, physicians have treated coronary artery disease with balloon angioplasty and placement of stents. For more severe cases of
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