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A stent and method of its use, the stent in its expanded configuration, exhibiting varying outward radial force along its length. In use, the expanded stent is of a tapered configuration which provides greater force in vessel regions requiring greater force and less force in regions requiring less. In particular the stent is useful in the ostium regions and at areas of bifurcation in vessels. Varying force over the length of the stent is achieved by varying the number of elements, the density of elements, the thickness of the elements making up the stent body, and maintaining a substantially metal to artery ratio in the expanded stent over its length.

Title
Stent having variable properties and method of its use
Application Number
34249
Publication Number
6159238
Application Date
May 19, 1999
Publication Date
December 12, 2000
Inventor
James R Lininger
New Hope
MN, US
Douglas P Killion
Maple Grove
MN, US
Agent
Vidas Arrett & Steinkraus P A
Assignee
SciMed Life Systems
MN, US
IPC
A61F 2/06
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