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Drug eluting stents may increase long term mortality due to late stent thrombosis

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 22 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:390

Compared with bare metal stents, drug eluting stents seem to have an increased risk of late stent thrombosis, a potentially fatal complication of percutaneous coronary revascularisation. A recent cluster of five research papers and several commentaries shows the complexities of ascertaining which type of stent is better in the long run. The definitive evidence is still a long …

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