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Friday, October 20, 2006

Newer Stents Pose Dangers, 2 Doctors Say - New York Times: "Newer Stents Pose Dangers, 2 Doctors Say
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Published: October 12, 2006
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More than 2,000 patients are dying needlessly each year from the use of stents, the tiny metal devices that prop open heart arteries, according to an editorial published yesterday by a leading medical society.
The editorial is the latest salvo in a growing debate among doctors about the risks of fatal blood clotting and serious heart attacks associated with the latest generation of stents, which are drug-coated. The devices are sold by Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson. The drug coating is meant to reduce inflammation at the site of the stent, in hopes of preventing a recurrence of the arterial blockage that led to the insertion of the device. "


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