A novel lubricant technology for improved stent implantation outcomes
Coronary stent implantation is often characterised by complications such as thrombosis and narrowing of the treated blood vessel known as restenosis. For this purpose, patients receive pharmacological treatment, which has, however, significant side effects. The EU-funded COATING project proposes to develop a nanotechnology-based intervention as a lubricant to reduce the harmful shear stresses that are generated between the coronary stent surface and the vessel wall. Scientists will test solutions of different biocompatible magnetic particles and promote the best candidates that demonstrate reduced friction and fewer side effects. Overall, the COATING technology has the potential to improve the quality of life of millions of patients worldwide.