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August 15th, 2011

Drug Eluting Stents: It Pays To Be Picky

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 Why buy the most expensive stent when the cheaper one works just as well?  Two recent studies suggest that a more selective use of stents has merits.  In an analysis of pooled data from 4 trials (SPIRIT II-IV and COMPARE) comparing the more-expensive everolimus-eluting stent (EES) with the less-expensive paclitaxel eluting stent (PES), Stone and colleagues identified a […]


August 15th, 2011

Bare Metal Stents: The Next New Thing?

Although drug-eluting stents (DES) have largely supplanted bare metal stents (BMS) in clinical practice, a new study published in Circulation suggests that using these devices in all patients may represent an inefficient use of healthcare resources. Lakshmi Venkitachalam and colleagues analyzed data from 10,144 PCI patients enrolled in the Evaluation of Drug Eluting Stents and […]


November 16th, 2010

What Does BASKET PROVE Have to Prove?

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What to make of new findings that DES are just as good as BMS for treating lesions in large coronary arteries? David Hillis and Rick Lange provide a brief tour of the relevant issues. Getting a handle on the study… Previous data suggested that the use of DES in large native coronary arteries confers no benefit and […]