Medication in new stent helps maintain flow, prevent amputation

03/20/2013 | (Michigan) (free registration)

A new device combines the benefits of a stent and drug therapy to treat blood flow blockages in the thigh and help prevent amputation. The Zilver PTX stent, developed by Cook Medical, uses a time-release drug to prevent stents in the superficial femoral artery from becoming blocked again. "This is one more tool in our amputation-prevention tool box," said cardiologist Dr. Fadi Saab.

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