Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide and is projected to remain so for decades according to the World Health Organization. Surgical intervention, including the use of balloon angioplasty and stent insertion, continues to be a lifesaver for many patients.

In patients with coronary heart disease caused by buildup of plaque, stents are used to open arteries and help reduce symptoms such as chest pain (angina) or to help treat a heart attack. Stents are small expandable tubes made of metal mesh that are deployed in narrowed coronary arteries by balloon angioplasty. The durability of a stent is of great importance since damage to a stent can lead to restenosis or an embolism. Stents are meant to be a permanent implant in the artery where it is expected to perform while the anatomy heals.

The SIMULIA Living Heart Human Model [1]...

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