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Houston patient receives dissolvable heart stent

HOUSTON, TEXAS (February13, 2017)

Nearly 600,000 metal stents are inserted into patients In the US each year. That metal usually remains in the patient until they die. But now, a new kind of stent is being implanted by Dr. Prakash Balan, cardiologist with Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center and UTHealth, that doesn't run the risk of tearing an artery or other complications. It's a stent that literally dissolves over time.

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