Health news: Dissolving stent for heart arteries passes first large test

A new type of heart stent that works like dissolving stitches, slowly going away after it has done its job, last week passed its first major test in a large study, doctors said.

Abbott Vascular’s dissolving Absorb stent performed as well as a conventional stent in the one-year study, but the fact it did not prove superior led some experts to be wary.

Still, the results on this and other novel stents currently in testing are fueling hope for a new generation of these devices, used on about 850,000 heart disease patients each year in the United States alone.

Source: Health news: Dissolving stent for heart arteries passes first large test | VailDaily.com

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