Features June 2010 Issue

Research: Drug-Eluting Stents as Safe as Bare Metal Stents

Factors such as the size of the affected artery and the patientís medical history help determine which type to use.

If you need a stent, the tiny metal tube used to keep blood flowing through a blocked coronary artery, your particular cardiovascular condition, medical history and any plans for an upcoming surgery, as well as your likelihood to adhere to medical therapy, will all be considered before deciding what type of stent youíll receive. The two stent varieties, bare-metal and drug-eluting, each possess risks and benefits, though a recent study found that there was no significant difference in the safety and efficacy between the two stents in the treatment of acute heart attack patients.

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