Bare Metal Coronary Stent is Implanted in First US Patients

Published date : 20 December 2012
Article date : 20 December 2012


Medgadget reports that Biotronik's Pro-Kinetic Energy stent has been implanted in US patients. 

The bare metal coronary device is made from cobalt chromium that enabled the creation of struts with a 60μm (0.0024 inch) width. It’s also coated with an amorphous silicon carbide that limits the release of ions from the stent, potentially reducing the volume of platelets gathering around the stent and helping with endothelialisation. 

They say that the cobalt/chromium construction permits greater flexibility and a narrower crossing profile over commonly used nitinol stents. The Biohelix-I trial is a prospective, nonrandomized, multicenter, investigational device exemption study that will use the stent system in patients with symptomatic ischemic heart disease. 

Saurabh Gupta, MD, director of the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, is the National Principal Investigator of the Biohelix-I study. He is quoted as saying, “The thin cobalt chromium struts of the Pro-Kinetic Energy allow for greater flexibility and a reduced crossing profile which translates into a highly-deliverable stent.”

Source: by Gene Ostrovsky for MedGadget, 19 December 2012.

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