Study: Drug coated stents may be safe

In recent times, controversy has raged over whether drug-coated stents are safe to use for cardiac patients. The debate arises from recent studies suggesting that some stents can actually raise the risk of heart attacks.

However, new research has been published which suggests that the stents are safer than previously thought. The study, published in The Lancet, suggests that patients receiving drug-coated stents to open coronary arteries aren't any more likely to die than patients with bare-metal stents. To draw these conclusions, researchers did an analysis on 38 previously-reported clinical trials.

To find out more about the study:
- read this article from the New York Times News Service

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