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[Comment] Are drug-eluting stents safer than bare-metal stents?

19:48 EDT 2 May 2019 | The Lancet

Percutaneous coronary intervention with implantation of drug-eluting stents (DES) has reduced the need for repeat revascularisation compared with bare-metal stents (BMS).1 However, first-generation DES with durable polymers were associated with a slightly increased risk of stent thrombosis, especially very late stent thrombosis after discontinuation of dual antiplatelet therapy.2,3 New-generation DES have therefore been developed to improve safety.

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