Tuesday, September 4, 2007

ESC Congress 2007- News - Drug eluting stents should be used with caution in acute myocardial infarction

ESC Congress 2007 Press Releases - Steg DES MI hotline III

Although caution should always be exercised when analysing an observational study such as GRACE (in which patients who received drug eluting stents and bare metal stents were not similar), this survival difference (which persists after statistical adjustment for the differences in baseline characteristics between the two types of patients) suggests that DES should be used with caution in patients with acute myocardial infarction, at least until more evidence is accumulated of their long term safety from large studies with long term follow up.

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