Stents


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Stents
StentsA stent is a metal mesh tube that is inserted into an artery on a balloon catheter and inflated to expand and hold open an artery, so that blood can flow more easily through the artery. The stent remains permanently in place to hold the artery open. Drug-eluting stents are stents that contain drugs that are eluted into the bloodstream and help prevent the arteries from becoming reclogged.Stents often become necessary when an artery has narrowed due to atherosclerosis. During this vascular disease, plaque builds up on the endothelium. When the vessel becomes 85 to 90% blocked, blood flow becomes restricted and the patient may experience symptoms indicating a decrease in blood flow.Typically, stents are inserted on a balloon catheter through the femo…
Citation
Lee Waite, Ph.D., P.E.; Jerry Fine, Ph.D.: Applied Biofluid Mechanics, Second Edition. Stents, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2017), AccessEngineering Export