Department

Biomedical and General Engineering Department

Degree Name

BS in Biomedical Engineering

Date

6-2010

Advisor(s)

Kristen Cardinal

Abstract/Summary

Diabetes mellitus affects a huge proportion of people; about 6% of the population in the US had diabetes in 2007 (16). Diabetes promotes dyslipidemia, an imbalance in the circulating levels of lipids and lipoproteins, and diabetes is one of the leading risk factors for coronary artery and peripheral vascular diseases (11, 51, 52). There are two types of diabetes; type 1 diabetes accounts for about 10% of diagnosed cases and type 2 accounts for about 90% (11). Diabetic patients react differently to stents and there is a great need to enhance the treatment. The goal of this project was, and continues to be, to create a “diabetic” environment in which stents can be tested to characterize the potential of the stent to continue with animal testing.

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