Stent implant revolutionises cardiovascular treatment ANI Thursday, May 22, 2003 Washington - A major breakthrough was achieved in the field of cardiology when an antibody-coated stent was implanted in the first human patient recently. The implant took place at Thoraxcenter, University Hospital of Rotterdam in Holland. The procedure was broadcast via a live feed to the EuroPCR Conference in Paris, in which over 10,000 interventional cardiologists took part. The innovative discovery is said to have the potential to improve the lives of those suffering from coronary artery disease as it reduces restenosis and prevents blood clots from occurring. Stents are wire mesh tubes widely used for years in interventional cardiology to clear blocked arteries. They improve the flow of blood to the heart muscles. The stent, when placed into a blocked area of an artery, captures endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) circulating throughout the blood. The endothelial cells line blood vessels and ensure smooth flow of blood through the body. Those patients requiring cardiovascular bypass surgery would also be benefited from the discovery. If an artificial artery, before being implanted into a human body, is coated with anti-EPC antibodies, it would eliminate the need to use arteries from patients' legs or arms for bypass surgery grafts. This would reduce surgery and anesthesia times, which in turn will reduce coronary surgery deaths. The new discovery is likely to bring down the rate of cardiovascular deaths. According to sources, during 1999 a total 78,942 cardiovascular deaths were reported in Canada out of which 54 per cent were due to coronary artery disease and an additional 10 per cent from high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries. Read the complete news at: http://www.timesofindia.com News Plus http://www.mantra.com/newsplus Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 15 Jyeshtth 5104, Saturday, June 14, 2003: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Uttarayane Nartana Ritau Mithuna Mase Krishna Pakshe Manta Vasara Yuktayam Mool Nakshatr Shubh-Shukl Yog Balav-Kaulav Karan Pratham Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.