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Drugs Before Stents for Stable Heart Disease, Study Says
Date:3/12/2009

n for those patients with persistent symptoms despite optimal medical therapy," Fonarow said.

Another report in the same issue of The Lancet found that, after two years of follow-up, bioabsorbable polymer drug-eluting stents, which are reabsorbed by the body, were safe and effective.

None of the 30 people who participated in the study died or needed further treatment of the stented artery during those two years, and there were no new blockages of the artery caused by the stent, the researchers found.

Biodegradable stents were developed to eliminate problems with metal stents, which can cause new blockages and can interfere with magnetic resonance imaging.

"All these findings need to be confirmed in larger studies, but this or similar devices could become of paramount importance for the restoration of vascular integrity in the treatment of flow-limiting plaque," the authors concluded.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more on living with heart disease.



SOURCES: David J. Moliterno, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and chief of cardiovascular medicine, Gill Heart Institute, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.; Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., professor, cardiology, University of California, Los Angeles; March 14, 2009, The Lancet


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