The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on 27 May 2014. NICE is currently updating this guidance. The new guidance will be published shortly. Until then the NHS should continue to follow the recommendations outlined in the current version of the guidance. The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) will consider this procedure review and NICE will issue an interventional procedures consultation document about its safety and efficacy for 4 weeks’ public consultation. IPAC will then review the consultation document in the light of comments received and produce a final interventional procedures document, which will be considered by NICE before guidance is issued to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Status Topic selection
Technology type Procedure
Decision Awaiting decision
ID number 1090
Description The coronary arteries supply blood to the heat muscle. In coronary artery disease, they become narrowed with fatty material. This can cause chest pain on exertion and increases the risk of heart attacks. In this procedure, a stent (small tube) is implanted into a narrowed artery to widen it. Unlike permanent metal stents, bioresorbable stents dissolve over a few months. The aim is to increase blood flow to the heart, while reducing the risk of longer term complications.

Provisional Schedule

Expected publication 03 August 2022

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Key events during the development of the guidance:

Date Update
17 February 2022 - 17 March 2022 Interventional procedure consultation

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