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Patient Relat Outcome Meas. 2011 Jul;2:161-74. doi: 10.2147/PROM.S24796. Epub 2011 Sep 22.

Drug-eluting coronary stents - focus on improved patient outcomes.

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Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, The John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA, USA.


The development of stent has been a major advance in the treatment of obstructive coronary artery disease since the introduction of balloon angioplasty. Subsequently, neointimal hyperplasia within the stent leading to in-stent restenosis emerged as a major obstacle in long-term success of percutaneous coronary intervention. Recent introduction of drug-eluting stents is a major breakthrough to tackle this problem. This review article summarizes stent technology, reviews progress of drug-eluting stents and discusses quality of life, patient satisfaction, and acceptability of percutaneous coronary intervention.


coronary intervention; drug-eluting stent; patient outcomes

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