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Clot Busting Nanogel: A Faster, Safer Therapy for Heart Attacks

August 06, 2018 / Medgadget

Scientists at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a new way of delivering a clot buster and a mitigating drug to limit damage due to reperfusion. Currently, serious blockages leading to the myocardium are typically broken up in the cath lab, usually with a stent left behind to support the vessel. But, it can take significant time between when a patient is admitted and when the clot is physically removed, often resulting in poor outcomes. Moreover, the removal of a clot can result in reperfusion injury as blood rushes back into vessels that were starving for much too long.