Published in Cancer Weekly, July 6th, 2004
Patients suffering from poor blood flow to the legs often have surgery to "by-pass" the plaque that obstructs the artery. Typically a vein, artery or synthetic graft is sewn into the blocked artery in front of, and just beyond the obstruction, allowing blood flow to circumvent the diseased area.
Unfortunately, the sites where the graft is attached to the artery (called the anastomosis) are subject to scaring and narrowing (stenosis), leading once again to compromised blood flow and...
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