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Bioresorbable scaffolds and STEMI: an ideal setting, but still vacant

EuroIntervention 2020;15:1397-1399. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV15I16A254

1. Department of Cardiology, European Hospital Georges Pompidou, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris Descartes University, Sudden Cardiac Death Expert Center, Paris, France

Only a few years ago, bioresorbable scaffolds (BRS) were the “prima donnas” of interventional cardiology meetings and journals. They held the promise of transforming the treatment of coronary artery disease by providing a temporary scaffold during the initial healing period and, once resorbed, allowing the return of normal vascular vasomotion. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Absorb™ bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) stent (Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, CA, USA) in 2016. Alas, in 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter due to an excess of late device thrombosis and major adverse cardiovascular events and Abbott withdrew the ...

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