Drug-coated stents work in small arteries also, researchers say

03/8/2004 | ABC News

The Italian scientists presented evidence by using the drug-coated Cypher stent from Johnson & Johnson in smaller arteries, which re-close more than half the time in old-style non-drug-coated stent procedures, brought about a dramatic improvement with only 10% of the stents failing. The research, sponsored by J&J, deals with a problem that has long bothered cardiologists, because two-thirds of patients undergoing angioplasty have their blockages in arteries less than two millimeters in diameter.

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