Harvard Health Columns
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