Everolimus-eluting stents in interventional cardiology
Jacob C Townsend, Phillip Rideout, Daniel H Steinberg
Division of Cardiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
Abstract: Bare metal stents have a proven safety record, but limited long-term efficacy due to in-stent restenosis. First-generation drug-eluting stents successfully countered the restenosis rate, but were hampered by concerns about their long-term safety. Second generation drug-eluting stents have combined the low restenosis rate of the first generation with improved long-term safety. We review the evolution of drug-eluting stents with a focus on the safety, efficacy, and unique characteristics of everolimus-eluting stents.
Keywords: everolimus-eluting stents, safety, efficacy
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