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Ground-breaking Heart Stent Experiment

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The University of Kansas Hospital is working on an experimental study that could transform the current method of using eternal stents in heart patients. Unlike the permanent metallic stents, these stents will eventually dissolve within the patient after two years and allow free blood flow and less probability of developing other issues such as plaque build-up.

“Unlike metallic stents that stay within the vessels permanently, this scaffold completely dissolves within about two years after implantation,” said Mark Wiley, MD, an interventional cardiologist at The University of Kansas Hospital in a recent press release. “This new device’s ability to vanish over time is as close as science comes to magic.”

The new stent could also avert re-clogging of the blood vessel prohibiting it from creating a blockage in the future.
According to the press release, “The University of Kansas Hospital is one of about 100 heart centers in the country, and the only one in the Kansas City area, participating in the study.”

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