Study: Drug-eluting stents as safe as bare-metal ones

05/6/2009 | Reuters

The risk of death or heart attack in patients who received drug-coated stents is no different than in those who received bare-metal ones, according to a long-term study of nearly 48,000 patients in Sweden. Researchers also found that drug-coated devices were more effective than noncoated ones in maintaining blood flow to the cardiac muscle. The study "provides a lot of reassurance" about using the device, the safety of which was questioned in a 2006 study, an expert said.

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