Study: Drug-coated stents more beneficial after heart attack

09/24/2008 | Yahoo!

A U.S. study of more than 7,000 patients who had a heart attack found that those who got drug-coated stents were less likely to die, suffer another attack or undergo new artery-opening operations compared with those who received bare-metal stents. The research, which involved patients in Massachusetts who were treated for heart attacks in 2003 and 2004, is significant because it is an extensive study "with long-term follow-up," the lead investigator said.

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