Two-Year Study Questions The Safety Of Drug-Coated Stents For Heart Attack Patients
Posted on Sep 06, 2007This article, which appeared in the Wall Street Journal, reported on a two-year study analyzing 2,300 patients in 14 countries. According to the study, patients given drug-coated stents after an acute heart attack are nearly five times as likely to die six months to two years later as compared to those with bare metal stents. Doctors at the European Society of Cardiology meeting said the finding showed the need to be very selective about giving drug stents to the right patients. At the same time, experts emphasized that there were differences among the patients in the study that could have affected the outcome, and that these findings aren't the final word on the safety of drug-coated stents for heart-attack patients.