Can FRED fix your aneurysm?

The next generation of brain aneurysm interventions has a name: FRED.

Short for flow re-direction endoluminal device, FRED is a double-layer metal wire mesh tube made of nickel titanium that is designed to divert blood flow past an aneurysm in the brain.

Cerebral aneurysms occur when a weak part of the artery wall balloons—forming a bulge filled with blood. Without treatment, a leaking or ruptured aneurysm is like a ticking time bomb that can lead to stroke, brain damage, coma and death.

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