UAB Med Cast

Dissolving Heart Stents

September 5, 201613 min
The interventional cardiology team at UAB Hospital recently added to its longstanding reputation as a pioneer in the development and implementation of stents by becoming the first in Alabama to offer patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment option that disappears over time. While stents are traditionally made of metal, the Absorb stent is made of a naturally dissolving material called polylactide, similar to dissolving stitches or sutures.Listen in as Mark Sasse, MD explains that since the Absorb stent gradually dissolves, this may be a safer long-term option for patients because metal stents can clot and occlude the artery.

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