Prototype graft to replace damaged heart vessels

circular knitting machine CROPIn a proof-of-concept study, US researchers from North Carolina State University have reported promising preclinical findings for a prototype vascular graft designed as a replacement for a damaged or blocked coronary artery.

The findings, which were made in partnership with researchers from Case Western Reserve University, are part of an effort to develop a synthetic graft that could replace a damaged or blocked coronary artery when a patient’s own vessels are not available as viable replacements after a heart attack: the graft is designed as a scaffold to aid in regeneration of the patient’s own blood vessels.

For the full story, see the April 2021 edition of Medical Textiles.