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Bioresorbable vascular scaffolds technology: current use and future developments

Authors Giacchi G, Ortega-Paz L, Brugaletta S, Ishida K, Sabaté M

Received 25 March 2016

Accepted for publication 11 June 2016

Published 11 July 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 185—198


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Giuseppe Giacchi, Luis Ortega-Paz, Salvatore Brugaletta, Kohki Ishida, Manel Sabaté

Cardiology Department, Clinic Cardiovascular Institute, Hospital Clinic, August Pi and Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS), University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Abstract: Coronary bioresorbable vascular scaffolds are a new appealing therapeutic option in interventional cardiology. The most used and studied is currently the Absorb BVS™. Its backbone is made of poly-l-lactide and coated by a thin layer of poly-d,l-lactide, it releases everolimus and is fully degraded to H2O and CO2 in 2–3 years. Absorb BVS™ seems to offer several theoretical advantages over metallic stent, as it gives temporary mechanical support to vessel wall without permanently caging it. Therefore, long-term endothelial function and structure are not affected. A possible future surgical revascularization is not compromised. Natural vasomotion in response to external stimuli is also recovered. Several observational and randomized trials have been published about BVS clinical outcomes. The main aim of this review is to carry out a systematic analysis about Absorb BVS™ studies, evaluating also the technical improvements of the Absorb GT1 BVS™.

Keywords: Absorb GT1, Absorb BVS™, bioresorbable vascular scaffold, BRS, coronary scaffold

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