Vitamin C Coating Can Reduce Clotting Risks
Every year, more than one million people in the U.S. who have suffered heart attacks or chest pain from blocked arteries have little mesh tubes called stents inserted into their blood vessels to prop them open. The procedure has saved many lives, but it still has potentially deadly downsides. Now, scientists are reporting in the ACS journal Langmuir that coating stents with vitamin C could lower the implants’ risks even further.
Eagappanath Thiruppathi and Gopinath Mani from The Univ. of South Dakota note that today’s stents have come a long way since their first introduction. Today, they come coated with pharmaceuticals that can prevent the affected arteries from reclogging.
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