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Preclinical Evaluation of Coronary Stents: Focus on Safety Issues

[ Vol. 11 , Issue. 1 ]


Armando Perez de Prado, Claudia Perez-Martinez, Carlos Cuellas, Jose M. Gonzalo-Orden, Alejandro Diego, Marta Regueiro, Beatriz Martinez-Fernandez, Jose R. Altonaga, J. Francisco G. Marin and Felipe Fernandez-Vazquez   Pages 74 - 99 ( 26 )


In recent years, we have witnessed a revolution in the treatment of coronary artery disease. The development and improvement of drug eluting stents (DES) have lowered the incidence of restenosis to one-digit figures. In the search for a superior efficacy, animal models have played a key role. The classical swine model of coronary stenting remains the preferred model to measure restenosis, although the rabbit iliac artery stenting has become an accepted alternative. After widespread clinical use of DES, an unforeseen complication arose: late stent thrombosis. In a back-to-bench step, some data from animal models helped to explain the phenomenon. A delayed and incomplete vascular healing was detected. Toxic and hypersensitivity reactions to polymers and/or drugs seem to be the underlying causes. So, translational research focused on the safety aspect of these devices: development of better drug carriers as absorbable polymers or fully bioresorbable scaffolds, selection of different drugs and assessment of the re-endothelialization process. We review and evaluate the efficacy and safety of coronary stents in different animal models. Further improvements in this field such as, the selection of better animal models (e.g. hyperlipidemic, diabetic, atherosclerotic) that closely mimic the clinical setting and longer follow-up periods to detect late complications are also discussed.


Animal model, drug eluting stent, endothelium, inflammation, percutaneous coronary intervention, safety, stent thrombosis vascular healing


S. Cardiologia Intervencionista - Hospital de Leon, Altos de Nava SN – 24008 Leon Spain.

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