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What prosthesis supports the arteries to keep them open?

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Dr. Orlando Puente
Vascular Surgery 41 years experience
Most do: The idea is to not have any foreign body in your system but if you do the shorter ones are better and the drug eluding ones are better than bare metal ones.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Stents commonly used: A stent, currently stainless steel, over a balloon is expanded during the last angioplasty balloon inflation to help hold the plaque away from the opening. However, the stent is also a foreign object, generates a foreign body reaction & is very clot formation promoting. Thus anti-clotting agents & coating on stents to reduce tissue growth are used to decreased these. Better: tx disease drivers.

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