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A stent is a small mesh tube that’s used to treat narrowed or weakened arteries in the body.

You may have a stent placed in an artery as part of a procedure called angioplasty (AN-jee-oh-plas-tee). Angioplasty can restore blood flow through narrowed or blocked arteries. Stents help prevent arteries from becoming narrowed or blocked again in the months or years after treatment with angioplasty. You may also have a stent placed in a weakened artery to improve blood flow and to help prevent the artery from bursting.

Stents are usually made of metal mesh, but sometimes they’re made of fabric. Fabric stents, also called stent grafts, are used in larger arteries. Some stents are coated with medicines that are slowly and continuously released into the artery. These medicines help prevent the artery from becoming blocked again.
Allergan enters into agreement to acquire Aquesys and its XEN45 program

Allergan enters into agreement to acquire Aquesys and its XEN45 program

Allergan plc, a leading global pharmaceutical company, and AqueSys, Inc. a private clinical stage medical device company focused on developing ocular implants that reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) associated with glaucoma, today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Allergan will acquire AqueSys in an all-cash transaction. [More]
Administering ticagrelor in the ambulance cuts ischaemic events 24 hours following PCI

Administering ticagrelor in the ambulance cuts ischaemic events 24 hours following PCI

Ticagrelor administered in the ambulance reduces ischaemic events 24 hours after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to findings from the ATLANTIC-H24 study presented for the first time today at ESC Congress. [More]
North Shore-LIJ researcher compares safety benefits two blood-thinning medications

North Shore-LIJ researcher compares safety benefits two blood-thinning medications

A large, ambitious contrast of blood-thinning medications used during cardiac stent placement suggests that a very expensive drug offers no clear safety benefits over a much more affordable option, according to a prominent North Shore-LIJ researcher and cardiologist. [More]
Janssen, Bayer HealthCare announce results from landmark studies evaluating safety profile of XARELTO in NVAF patients

Janssen, Bayer HealthCare announce results from landmark studies evaluating safety profile of XARELTO in NVAF patients

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and its development partner, Bayer HealthCare, today announced results from PMSS (Post-Marketing Safety Surveillance) and XANTUS (XARELTO for Prevention of Stroke in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation), their landmark real-world studies evaluating the safety of XARELTO in people with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). [More]
Pie Medical Imaging receives 2015 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership

Pie Medical Imaging receives 2015 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership

Based on its recent analysis of the cardiovascular image management market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Pie Medical Imaging (PMI) with the 2015 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership. [More]
Bioresorbable vascular scaffold shows similar safety, efficacy results compared to metal stent

Bioresorbable vascular scaffold shows similar safety, efficacy results compared to metal stent

A drug-eluting coronary stent, or "scaffold" made from bioresorbable material, showed similar efficacy and safety results compared to a metal stent in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to results of the ABSORB Japan study. [More]
PRESTIGE study suggests novel target to prevent stent thrombosis

PRESTIGE study suggests novel target to prevent stent thrombosis

Recruitment of leukocytes is a hallmark of stent thrombosis, according to results from the PRESTIGE study presented today at ESC Congress and published in European Heart Journal. The findings suggest that immune cell mediated thrombotic processes may be a realistic target for novel therapies to prevent stent thrombosis. [More]

Extending bivalirudin treatment after PCI does not improve ischemic and bleeding outcomes

Extending treatment with the anticoagulant bivalirudin for at least four hours after completion of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) does not improve outcomes compared to stopping the treatment immediately after the procedure, according to results from the MATRIX Treatment Duration trial. [More]
DAPT Study shows dual antiplatelet therapy reduces bleeding-related mortality

DAPT Study shows dual antiplatelet therapy reduces bleeding-related mortality

Fatal bleeding is rare with extended dual antiplatelet therapy, according to a secondary analysis of the DAPT Study presented for the first time today at ESC Congress. Bleeding-related mortality accounted for a minority of deaths in patients treated with dual antiplatelet therapy beyond one year. [More]
STEMI study: Absorbable stents perform similarly to metallic stents

STEMI study: Absorbable stents perform similarly to metallic stents

A drug-eluting coronary stent made of absorbable material performed similarly to the gold-standard metal one in a non-inferiority trial among patients with the more serious type of heart attack known as ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), according to results of the ABSORB STEMI TROFI II trial. [More]
Abbott reports positive results of ABSORB Japan study comparing efficacy of fully dissolving heart stent to XIENCE

Abbott reports positive results of ABSORB Japan study comparing efficacy of fully dissolving heart stent to XIENCE

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) announced today positive one-year clinical results from ABSORB Japan, a multi-center, randomized trial comparing the safety and effectiveness of Abbott's fully dissolving Absorb™ heart stent to XIENCE ®, Abbott's market-leading, permanent drug eluting stent. [More]
Prasugrel linked to high-bleeding-risk in patients with stable coronary artery disease

Prasugrel linked to high-bleeding-risk in patients with stable coronary artery disease

Prasugrel-based dual antiplatelet therapy is associated with increased major bleeding after stent implantation for high-risk patients with stable coronary artery disease, according to a secondary analysis of the BASKET-PROVE II trial presented at ESC Congress for the first time today. [More]
ESC guideline adherent antithrombotic management improves outcomes in AF patients

ESC guideline adherent antithrombotic management improves outcomes in AF patients

Patients with atrial fibrillation who receive antithrombotic management according to ESC guidelines have better outcomes than those who do not, according to one year follow up results from the ESC's EORP-AF Pilot General Registry presented today at ESC Congress 20151 and published online in Europace. [More]
Radial approach superior than femoral one for coronary angiography and PCI for ACS patients

Radial approach superior than femoral one for coronary angiography and PCI for ACS patients

For the first time, ESC Guidelines published today give the highest degree of recommendation for the radial approach over the femoral one for coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS). [More]
Philips to showcase latest cardiology solutions at ESC Congress 2015

Philips to showcase latest cardiology solutions at ESC Congress 2015

Royal Philips today announced its presence at ESC Congress 2015, where the company is showcasing its latest cardiology solutions, including Heart ModelA.I., EchoNavigator and IntelliSpace Cardiovascular, that connect people and technology with care protocols to assist diagnosis, guide treatment and enable home care. [More]
Computational fluid dynamics modeling confirms better blood flow with new stent graft design

Computational fluid dynamics modeling confirms better blood flow with new stent graft design

Vascular surgeon Pat Kelly of Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, knew his patients were doing better with the stent graft he designed, but he wanted a better understanding of the mechanics before testing the device more widely in a clinical trial. For that, he reached out to South Dakota State University. [More]
Loyola University Medical Center first in Illinois to offer new, noninvasive test for heart disease

Loyola University Medical Center first in Illinois to offer new, noninvasive test for heart disease

Loyola University Medical Center is the first and only hospital in Illinois to offer a new, noninvasive technology to test for coronary artery disease. [More]
Boston Scientific receives FDA approval for Innova Vascular Self-Expanding Stent System

Boston Scientific receives FDA approval for Innova Vascular Self-Expanding Stent System

Boston Scientific Corporation has received Food and Drug Administration approval for the Innova Vascular Self-Expanding Stent System, an advanced treatment option for patients with narrowing or blockages in the superficial femoral artery (SFA) or proximal popliteal artery (PPA). [More]
Open-heart bypass surgery is not an arduous operation, says Loyola surgeon

Open-heart bypass surgery is not an arduous operation, says Loyola surgeon

Less than two months before his daughter Lauren's wedding, Tom Koegler underwent a quadruple bypass heart surgery at Loyola University Medical Center. [More]
ESC Congress to highlight results from global trials in six press conferences

ESC Congress to highlight results from global trials in six press conferences

Members of the press will be the first to hear the highly anticipated results from global trials in six press conferences devoted to hot lines research. [More]
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