HONG KONG, Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- OrbusNeich's Genous Stent shows favorable outcomes compared to bare metal stents (BMS) for the treatment of coronary artery bifurcation lesions, according to data published online in the journal Atherosclerosis.

The cumulative rate of the study's primary endpoint, the composite of cardiac death, myocardial infarction (MI) or target lesion revascularization (TLR) at one year follow-up, was 12.4% in patients treated with a Genous Stent, a 30% reduction compared to 17.2% for the control group treated with BMS.  The definite or probable stent thrombosis (ST) rate was 1.7% for the Genous Stent patient group, compared to 3.4% for the BMS treated patient group.

"Interventional cardiologists continue to be challenged by the 15 to 20% of all percutaneous coronary interventions that involve coronary artery bifurcation lesions," said Marcel Beijk, M.D., of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the lead author of the paper. "The results of this large study of provisional T-stenting using the Genous Stent are extremely encouraging. The endothelial progenitor cell capture stent provides an excellent alternative to bare metal stents for the treatment of these challenging lesions."

The paper, titled "One-year clinical outcome after provisional T-stenting for bifurcation lesions with the endothelial progenitor cell capturing stent compared with the bare-metal stent," is based on a single-center, non-randomized study. The study involved 178 consecutive patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention for a de novo bifurcation lesion treated with a Genous Stent and 465 consecutive patients treated with BMS.

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Genous is OrbusNeich's patented endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) capture technology that promotes the accelerated natural healing of the vessel wall after

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