An experimental gene transfer technique shut down cell re-growth in the arteries interior lining and reduced the inflammatory response – two main causes of re-narrowing of newly opened blood vessels, researchers report in todays rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
The process that opens blocked blood vessels – either inflating a tiny balloon to force open the narrowed vessel (angioplasty) or inserting a tiny mesh tube called a stent to serve as a scaffold to widen the opening – can damage the delicate lining of blood vessels, says Seppo Yla-Herttuala, M.D., Ph.D., professor of molecular medicine at the University of Kuoppio, Finland.
"This damage – rather than a progression of heart disease – is believed to cause rapid growth of new cells in the vessel wall, which can cause re-blockage, or restenosis, in the vessel," he says.
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