Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold
The Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold system is an implanted stent which is used to open blocked coronary arteries.
It is fully absorbed by the body over time.
"The decision to undertake this recall and remove Absorb BVS System … was based on data from recent analyses that showed an elevated rate of major adverse cardiac events, specifically heart attack and blood clot, when compared to patients treated with an another alternate stent," the TGA said.
Health experts said while the exact number of stents used in Australia was unclear, the dissolvable stents were a new technology, used by a smaller number of patients.
Health authorities said patients with the Absorb stent should talk to their doctor to ensure they were receiving appropriate treatment and to know the signs and symptoms of heart attack and blood clot.
If you experience any new cardiac-related symptoms, such as irregular heartbeats, chest pain, or shortness of breath, seek immediate medical attention," the TGA said.