A 37-year-old male asked:
Medicated stent vs. Non medicated stent? Any thoughts on this decision?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Bennett Werner answered
43 years experience in Cardiology
Yes: Drug eluting stents (medicated) lower the risk of recurrent blockage but require 2 antiplatelet drugs for a full year. Pts with no tendency to bleeding or need for other surgery should receive one, especially if the lesion is characterized as complex. Bare metal stents (non-medicated) are a good alternative for those who can't receive a des. Your interventionalist will decide.
Answered on Apr 24, 2012
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