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Prototype Graft, Designed to Replace Damaged Heart Vessels, Shows Promise in Cell Study

NC State News

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In a proof-of-concept study, North Carolina State University researchers reported promising preclinical findings for a prototype of a vascular graft designed as a replacement for a damaged or blocked coronary artery, which supplies blood to the heart.

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. Ultimately, the graft is designed as a scaffold to ...