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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.
Study: History of stroke associated with increased risk of adverse events after elective noncardiac surgery

Study: History of stroke associated with increased risk of adverse events after elective noncardiac surgery

In an analysis that included more than 480,000 patients who underwent elective noncardiac surgery, a history of stroke was associated with an increased risk of major adverse cardiovascular events and death, particularly if time elapsed between stroke and surgery was less than 9 months, according to a study in the July 16 issue of JAMA. [More]
Radial artery catheterization much safer for women

Radial artery catheterization much safer for women

Instead of going through the groin during heart catheterizations, physicians can now insert the catheter through a patient's wrist, a less traumatic and safer option for some patients — especially women. [More]
Boston Scientific gains CE Mark, begins European commercial launch of 25 mm Lotus TAVI System

Boston Scientific gains CE Mark, begins European commercial launch of 25 mm Lotus TAVI System

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark and begun the European commercial launch of its new 25 mm Lotus Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) System, complementing the currently available 23 mm and 27 mm valve sizes. [More]
VENITI’s IDE receives FDA approval for VENITI VICI Venous Stent System

VENITI’s IDE receives FDA approval for VENITI VICI Venous Stent System

VENITI, Inc., a company dedicated to providing innovative technology for the treatment of venous disease, announced that it has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) to begin the VIRTUS trial of the VENITI VICI Venous Stent System. [More]
Study: Minimally invasive aortic repair procedure safer for patients

Study: Minimally invasive aortic repair procedure safer for patients

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have documented the safety benefits of aortic stent grafts inserted during minimally invasive surgery to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms - weaknesses in the body's largest artery that can rupture, causing potentially lethal internal bleeding. [More]
Cordis launches SABER Catheter for treatment of patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease

Cordis launches SABER Catheter for treatment of patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease

Cordis Corporation announced today the launch of its SABER PTA Dilatation Catheter ("SABER Catheter") for the treatment of patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). [More]

Lombard Medical exhibits Aorfix system at Critical Issues in Aortic Endografting symposium

Lombard Medical, Inc, a medical device company focused on Endovascular Aortic Repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), exhibited its Aorfix Endovascular stent graft system at the 18th international experts' symposium, Critical Issues in Aortic Endografting, in Malmö, Sweden on June 27-28, 2014. [More]

Lombard Medical showcases Aorfix Endovascular Stent Graft at SVS Annual Meeting

Lombard Medical, Inc., a medical device company focused on Endovascular Aortic Repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), showcased its Aorfix Endovascular Stent Graft at the 2014 Society for Vascular Surgery Annual Meeting in Boston, June 5-7. [More]
Cook Medical introduces Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent in Canada

Cook Medical introduces Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent in Canada

Cook Medical launched its Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent in Canada at the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association (CIRA) meeting in Montreal, Canada. It's the first drug-coated stent in Canada indicated to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in the superficial femoral artery (SFA). [More]
STENTYS signs agreement to acquire assets of Cappella Peel Away

STENTYS signs agreement to acquire assets of Cappella Peel Away

STENTYS, a medical technology company commercializing in Europe the world's first and only Self-Apposing® Stent to treat acute myocardial infarction (AMI), today announced the signing of the acquisition agreement of Cappella Peel Away Inc. (Delaware, USA) and its assets relating to a novel stent delivery system. The acquisition is subject to closing conditions. [More]
Zilver® PTX® drug-eluting stent from Cook Medical receives positive one-year follow-up results

Zilver® PTX® drug-eluting stent from Cook Medical receives positive one-year follow-up results

One-year follow-up data from 907 Japanese patients who received the Zilver® PTX® drug-eluting stent showed positive results in keeping open the superficial femoral artery (SFA). The postmarket surveillance (PMS) study, designed to evaluate the stent’s performance in real-world patient use, was presented at the 2014 Euro PCR meeting. [More]
Scientists report that coating stents with vitamin C reduces implants' risks

Scientists report that coating stents with vitamin C reduces implants' risks

Every year, more than 1 million people in the U.S. who have suffered heart attacks or chest pain from blocked arteries have little mesh tubes called stents inserted into their blood vessels to prop them open. [More]
Micell Technologies presents DESSOLVE I and II trial data at EuroPCR conference

Micell Technologies presents DESSOLVE I and II trial data at EuroPCR conference

Micell Technologies, Inc. today announced that long-term clinical outcomes from its DESSOLVE I and II clinical trials were presented at the EuroPCR conference in Paris, France this week. [More]
Experts discuss potential advantages of bioresorbable vascular scaffolds at EuroPCR 2014

Experts discuss potential advantages of bioresorbable vascular scaffolds at EuroPCR 2014

At EuroPCR 2014 yesterday, experts discussed the development in evidence for bioresorbable vascular scaffolds, which represent an era of vascular restoration in interventional cardiology. [More]
BIOTRONIK ProMRI ICD trial expansion achieves FDA approval

BIOTRONIK ProMRI ICD trial expansion achieves FDA approval

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical devices, announced today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a significant expansion of its ongoing ProMRI® trial. [More]
Cook Medical to exhibit augmented reality experiences at AUA meeting

Cook Medical to exhibit augmented reality experiences at AUA meeting

Cook Medical will exhibit augmented reality experiences, which is a technology used to simulate use of products, and host a skills challenge at their booth, #1617, at the annual American Urological Association meeting. [More]
BIOTRONIK's Entovis pacemaker system gets FDA approval

BIOTRONIK's Entovis pacemaker system gets FDA approval

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical devices, announced today that the Food and Drug Administration has granted approval for its Entovis pacemaker system with ProMRI technology. [More]
ARIAD provides update on corporate developments, reports Q1 2014 financial results

ARIAD provides update on corporate developments, reports Q1 2014 financial results

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2014, including revenue from sales of Iclusig® (ponatinib) and licensing agreements. The Company also provided an update on corporate developments. [More]
Concise analysis of global disposable gloves market

Concise analysis of global disposable gloves market

MRRBIZ includes new market research report "Disposable Gloves Market For Medical and Non-Medical (Food, Cleanroom, Industrial And Other) Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends And Forecast 2013 - 2019" to its large collection of research report. [More]
Study shows room for improvement in medical management of women with PAD

Study shows room for improvement in medical management of women with PAD

Women face greater limits on their lifestyle and have more severe symptoms as a result of peripheral artery disease (PAD), but minimally invasive procedures used to unclog arteries are just as successful as in men. [More]