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Coronary artery stents do not reduce the risk of death over 4 years (8.9% vs 9.1%)
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Coronary stents do not reduce the risk of dying according to a meta-analysis of eight (8) studies which included a total of 7229 patients with an average follow-up of 4.3 years.
The death rate was 8.9% over the next 4.3 years in people who had a stent placed versus 9.1% in those who had standard medical therapy.
“Initial stent implantation for stable [coronary artery disease] shows no evidence of benefit compared with initial medical therapy for prevention of death, nonfatal [heart attack], unplanned revascularization, or angina,” the authors of the paper concluded.
Stergiopoulos K, and Brown DL. Initial coronary stent implantation with medical therapy vs medical therapy alone for stable coronary artery disease: meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Arch Intern Med, 2012 Feb 27; 172(4): 312-319.
Author’s Contact Info
David L. Brown, MD
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Department of Medicine
State University of New York-Stony Brook School of Medicine
Health Sciences Center T16-080
Stony Brook, NY 11794 USA
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