Since the introduction of Interventional Cardiology in 1976, there has been rapid expansion both in its clinical application and the tools of the trade. This growth was accelerated with the introduction of the intracoronary stent in 1987. The demonstration that stents may reduce the incidence of restenosis after percutaneous coronary revascularization has further stimulated the search for the perfect endovascular prosthesis. By creating a hybrid stent, incorporating natural coatings and local drug delivery in the design, it is hoped that the complications associated with stent thrombosis and restenosis can be eradicated.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine