Stents are used in patients with narrowings or blockages in their coronary arteries, causing problems such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, or in patients that present with a heart attack. While standard stents are made of metal and are permanent implants, these new biodegradable stents dissolve.
According to Dr Sanjay Patel, "They disappear within three, four, five years, and that's advantageous, because we don't want to leave metal behind."
Every day, 23 Australians die from a heart attack. Every year, roughly 55,000 suffer a life-threatening cardiovascular emergency. Like so many, Greg Bridgman never thought it would happen to him.
The Heart Research Institute welcomes Dr Ashish Misra as Unit Leader of the Atherosclerosis and Vascular Remodelling Group.
Born and raised in Nevada, USA, Dr Melissa Farnham originally had no interest in research. Now Unit Leader of the High Blood Pressure Group at HRI, and balancing the challenges of family and work, she couldn’t imagine any other career path.