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Are the New Stents Safe?

Just six months ago, no one could get enough of the new drug-coated stents for coronary angioplasty. Now, due to about 60 deaths and a larger number of blood clots, some patients want their stents removed from their hearts. What happened? Is there cause for panic? In short, no. The new drug-eluting stents truly represent a huge advance in the treatment of coronary disease. Even cardiologists getting coronary angioplasty continue to ask for…

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