New stent gamechanger for patients

Research Updates
A new stent, which dissolves in the heart after fixing blocked arteries, is now more easily accessible to Australians. Dr Sanjay Patel, cardiologist and HRI Cell Therapeutics Group Leader spoke to Gabriella Rogers at Channel 9. 

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."

Watch the video above. 
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