Saturday, February 24, 2007

Stent Risks May Result in Return to Heart Bypass Surgery

Article in the New York Times --  In the Stent Era, Heart Bypasses Get a New Look, by Barnaby J. Feder.  Here's an excerpt:

After more than a decade-long decline, is heart bypass surgery poised for a comeback?

Some doctors say it may be time to give bypass operations a second look. They include even some cardiologists who specialize in the far more popular alternative — using stents to keep coronary arteries open.

No one is predicting a sudden surge back to bypass, which is still a far more invasive and initially riskier way to treat plaque-clogged heart arteries, a condition that afflicts millions of Americans.

But in light of new safety concerns over the long-term risks of stents, as well as accumulating data indicating that the sickest heart patients may live longer if they receive bypass surgery instead, some well-known stent specialists say the pendulum may have swung too far away from bypass surgery. 


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I have two Taxus Express Stents implanted. 2 1/2 months after I received the second stent, both stents blood clotted resulting in heart attack and bypass surgery. Anyone else had this problem?
I took Plavix and an asperin dailey without fail.

Posted by: Lee | Apr 19, 2007 11:23:22 AM

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