Drug Eluting Stents - A Panacea?

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Muhammad Hafizullah
Mahmood ul Hassan


Stents have taken care of many of the acute threatening complications and have opened a new demension in interventional cardiology. However restenosis remains a monster to the conquered and remains the Achilles heel of angioplasty. Restenosis is essentially due to recoil and neointimal hyperplasia (NIH). Where as recoil has yielded to the metalic scaffolding. Neointimal hyperplasia remains unconquered. Restenosis rates after stenting are thought to be between 15 and 25%. While this is clearly better than the rates after balloon angioplasty, the rates may be much higher in less than ideal settings.

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Hafizullah M, Hassan M ul. Drug Eluting Stents - A Panacea?. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2011 Sep. 22 [cited 2024 Jul. 14];16(1). Available from: https://www.jpmi.org.pk/index.php/jpmi/article/view/1187
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