Current practices of Asia-Pacific cardiologists in the utilization of bioresorbable scaffolds

B. B. Chanana, Praveen Chandra, Jack Jun Cheng, Ron Dick, Hyeon Cheol Gwon, M. S. Hiremath, Do Quang Huan, Anuruck Jeamanukoolkit, Tiemin Jiang, On Hing Kwok, Michael C.L. Lim, Adrian F. Low, Rony Mathew, Samuel K. Mathew, Dougal McClean, Sunao Nakamura, Michael Nguyen, Shubin Qiao, Teguh Santoso Sukamto, Sudheer SaxenaCarl Schultz, G. Sengottuvelu, Ashok Seth, Charles A. Simonton, Chee Siong Soo, Krishnankutty Sudhir, Cheng Ting Tsai, Udayachalerm Wasan, Alan Whelan, Chris Wong, Yee Guan Yap

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Background & aims Although Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffolds (A-BVS) are routinely used in the Asia-Pacific, there is little information on patient selection or deployment technique here. This document investigates the experiences of leading interventional cardiologists from the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on patient characteristics, deployment techniques and management. Methods and results A detailed questionnaire was distributed to 28 highly-experienced interventional cardiologists (‘Authors’) from 13 Asia-Pacific countries. The results were discussed at a meeting on patient selection, technical consideration, deployment practices and patient management. Potential patient benefits of Absorb compared to metallic DES, the learning curve for patient selection and preparation, device deployment, and subsequent patient management approaches are presented. Conclusions Current practices are derived from guidelines optimized for European patients. Differences in approach exist in the Asia-Pacific context, including limited access to imaging and frequency of occurrence of complex lesions. Nevertheless, the use of the Absorb BVS (‘Absorb’) in certain Asia-Pacific countries has flourished and practices here are continuing to mature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)832-840
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • Absorb
  • Asia
  • Bioresorbable vascular scaffold
  • Cardiovascular

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