For people with coronary artery disease, Absorb offers something unique.
While most stents are made of metal, Absorb is made of a naturally dissolvable material. It dissolves completely1 in approximately 3 years once it has done its job of keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the artery. Metal stents, the current standard of care, are permanent implants that stay inside arteries for the rest of a person’s life. Absorb is the only fully dissolving stent FDA approved for the treatment of coronary artery disease.
Watch this video to see how it works.
Given that coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease in the U.S. (it affects 15 million people), the approval of Absorb by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an important step in providing new options to people in the U.S.
Now, people like Phyllis Camp — a 64-year-old social worker from Saltillo, Mississippi — can get relief from the symptoms of coronary artery disease and get back to their daily lives.
“This truly unique device is a significant step in revolutionizing how coronary artery disease is treated,” said Deepak Nath, Ph.D., senior vice president, vascular, Abbott. “We’re very excited to bring the promise of Absorb to patients in the United States to help people live their fullest life possible."
Absorb is available in more than 100 countries and has been used to treat more than 150,000 patients.
If you’d like to learn more about the FDA approval of Absorb, click here.
The Absorb GT1 Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) is a temporary scaffold that will fully resorb over time and is indicated for improving coronary luminal diameter in patients with ischemic heart disease due to de novo native coronary artery lesions (length ≤ 24 mm) with a reference vessel diameter of ≥ 2.5 mm and ≤ 3.75 mm.
See Important Safety Information here.
1. Absorb dissolves except for two pairs of tiny metallic markers that remain in the artery to enable a physician to see where the device was placed.
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