Use of drug eluting stents increases in the US but only for some groupsBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7476.1205-c (Published 18 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1205
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- New York
In the nine months after the first drug eluting stent was approved in the United States, the new style stent was used in 35% of all angioplasties. Stents—metal scaffold tubes that support arteries after balloon angioplasty—can be coated in a slow release drug to reduce restenosis, in which the artery becomes blocked again.
Use of drug eluting stents rose rapidly, from 20% in the first quarter after its …