Absorb GT1™ (Absorb) - the only fully dissolving stentAbsorb GT1™ (Absorb) - the only fully dissolving stent

About Heart Stents

If you have a blocked artery, your doctor may need to open the blockage and restore blood flow using a small mesh tube called a stent. The stent is inserted in your artery during an angioplasty procedure. Until now, stents were permanent. Now there is a fully dissolving stent available to treat blockages.

 

Evolution of Heart Stents

Permanent Stents
Absorb, the Only
Fully Dissolving Stent
Bare Metal
Stent
Drug-Eluting
Stent
Dissolving-Coating
Stent
What is it made of?
Does it have a drug-eluting coating (releasing medicine over time) to help prevent the blockage from recurring?
Does the stent dissolve?
Does it restore* the artery?
Permanent Stents
Bare Metal Stents
What is it made of?
Metal
Does it have a drug-eluting coating (releasing medicine over time) to help prevent the blockage from recurring?
No
Does the stent dissolve?
No, permanently stays in the artery
Does it restore* the artery?
No
Permanent Stents
Drug-Eluting Stents
What is it made of?
Metal
Does it have a drug-eluting coating (releasing medicine over time) to help prevent the blockage from recurring?
Yes
Does the stent dissolve?
No, permanently stays in the artery
Does it restore* the artery?
No
Permanent Stents
Dissolving-Coating Stents
What is it made of?
Metal
Does it have a drug-eluting coating (releasing medicine over time) to help prevent the blockage from recurring?
Yes
Does the stent dissolve?
No, permanently stays in the artery
Does it restore* the artery?
No
Absorb, the only
fully dissolving Stent
What is it made of?
Biodegradable material
Does it have a drug-eluting coating (releasing medicine over time) to help prevent the blockage from recurring?
Yes
Does the stent dissolve?
Yes, dissolves in about 3 years
Does it restore* the artery?
Yes, as Absorb dissolves, new cells replace it. The artery can once again move1 and flex like a healthy vessel.
Pros and Cons of Different Stents
 
 
 

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"I am the first person in the United States to have received the Absorb bioresorbable stent. It's been almost 4 years now and I am feeling great."

— Phyllis C., USA

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*Absorb improves coronary luminal diameter, restores blood flow and enables movement of the treated vessel. Source: Absorb GT1 IFU.
**Absorb dissolves completely—except for 4 small platinum markers that show up on a scan so that doctors can always see exactly where the stent was placed.

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