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

CAD, coronary artery bypass surgery is sometimes necessary. A stent is a small, mesh coil that is either metal or coated with medications that help the artery remain open; these are known as drug eluting stents. The stent serves to help keep the artery open and decrease the chance of future blockages.

"Since the 1980s, these technologies have allowed many patients to avoid open heart surgery," said Ricciardi, who is also director of interventional cardiology at Northwestern Memorial and an associate professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "While we've had great success with the current technology, once a stent is placed, it remains in the body forever. However, the stent support is really only needed for several months."

Absorb BVS is made of polylactide, a naturally dissolvable material that is commonly used in medical implants such as dissolving sutures. The device works by opening a clogged vessel and restoring blood flow to the heart similar to a drug eluting metallic stent, the current standard of care. Then unlike a permanent metallic stent, the Absorb BVS dissolves completely into the blood vessel, leaving behind only two pairs of tiny metallic markers which enable a physician to see where the device had been placed.  

With this study, researchers are seeking to understand the safety and effectiveness of the Absorb BVS in comparison to a traditional metallic stent.  The ABSORB III clinical trial will enroll approximately 2,250 subjects, the majority in the United States.

To learn more about the ABSORB III trial, please call the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) at 312-926-0840 or email kjordan@nmh.org.  

For more information on Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, visit www.heart.nmh.org. To sche
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