Microfluidics and Artificial Blood Vessels as Vascular Prostheses: One Small Step for Vascular Research, One Giant Leap for Patient-KindWendy Yang1* and Jianxiang Zhong2
1Marriotts Ridge High School, 12100 Woodford Dr, Marriottsville, MD 21104, USA
2Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Wendy Yang
Marriotts Ridge High School, 12100
Woodford Dr, Marriottsville, MD 21104
Email: [email protected]
Received date: June 06, 2015 Accepted date: December 23, 2015 Published date: January 02, 2016
Citation: Yang W, Zhong J (2016) Microfluidics and Artificial Blood Vessels as Vascular Prostheses: One Small Step for Vascular Research, One Giant Leap for Patient-Kind. J Biomol Res Ther 5:135. doi:10.4172/2167-7956.1000135
Copyright: © 2016 Yang W, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Studies show that in the US alone, approximately 8 million people are affected by Peripheral Vascular Disease and approximately 26.6 million have cardiovascular disease. This report will discuss the usage of lab-on-a-chip devices and artificial blood vessels as vascular prostheses and compare the strengths and weaknesses of the two methods to measure relative efficacy and possible applications in the fields of angiology and cardiology. Lab-ona- chip devices, machines which operate on a liquid scale of micro- or nano-meters and manipulate blood flow and shear stress, may be used as long-term, compact prostheses for smaller blood vessels. Artificial, man-made blood vessels, made either from cells or synthetic material, are become increasingly effective when they are made larger. Both methods may someday be instrumental in saving lives and eliminating vascular disease.