For its ability to unblock and then make arteries return to natural form, the recently launched Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) and also known as disappearing stent) is being hailed as the 4{+t}{+h}revolution in management of coronary artery disease at a conference on interventional cardiology held at Hotel ITC Grand Chola, during February 28 - March 1.

Dr. Samin K. Sharma, cardiologist and advisor for health policies in USA said: “If BVS is used in the treatment of coronary artery disease, the long-term benefits are huge. Since the stent will leave body after 2 years after doing its work of clearing blockages, patient will not have to take blood thinning medicines lifelong and the vessels can return to its natural form making it work as per body needs. It is nothing less than a dream come true.”

Dr. Antonio Colombo from Italy said: “Angioplasty with conventional stents has always carried the fear of clot because of stent called late stent thrombosis. It is seen to occur in 10 per cent of patients after 1 year and 20 per cent after 4 to 5 years. And it is 50 per cent more if the patient has diabetes. Now with BVS in hand, the danger is removed.”

Said Dr. Samuel Mathews, cardiologist at Apollo Hospital Chennai and course director: “India live is a cardiology meeting which focuses on the specialised field of interventional cardiology.

This meet has been designed to bring together experts from 35 different countries, all masters in their field to impart knowledge and discuss experiences with more than 1,800 Indian delegates. We will be having Live case presentations and interventional procedures from the top cardiac centres all over India and also internationally.

This meeting will help doctors to integrate their practical experiences with that being followed internationally and assist them in developing their skills. All this will eventually culminate in higher standards of patient care and lead to benefiting the medical practice in the Indian scenario.”

It is seen to occur in 10 per cent of patients after 1 year and 20 per cent after 4 to 5 years.