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Smart Stent Monitors Artery Blood Flow

Smart Stent Monitors Artery Blood Flow

A stent implanted in an artery has a sensor to track blood flow and sends data on the patient's condition wirelessly to doctors.

Smart Stent Monitors Artery Blood Flow

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 08:15

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among men and women. Placing a stent in clogged arteries helps to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of heart attack. But there is also a risk associated with stents: plaque can build up, causing arteries to narrow again.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, have  created a ‘smart stent’ with sensors that can monitor and provide real-time feedback on blood flow. The feedback can detect re-narrowing of a stented artery, known as restenosis. 

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Karin Heineman

Karin Heineman is the executive producer of Inside Science TV.