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PATIENTS WITH ACUTE HEART ATTACKS USING NEW DRUG-ELUTING STENT MORE EFFECTIVE THAN BARE- METAL STENT

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Published on Aug 21, 2012

Time is crucial after an acute heart attack. Many patients undergo a primary percutaneous coronary intervention or P-C-I to open blocked coronary arteries. Cardiologists do this by implanting a stent made of metallic mesh in the involved artery. Some of these stents can also release medication. A new study examined whether the next-generation drug-eluting stent is more effective than a bare-metal stent. Catherine Dolf has more in this week's JAMA Report.

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