Stents Stumble

Stents Stumble

Enthusiasm wanes for drug-coated artery tubes

By Brian Vastag, 15:57 PM April 15, 2008

At a cardiology meeting in Stockholm 6 years ago, attendees witnessed what seemed to be the birth of a new era in treating heart disease. In the first large study of drug-coated stents—tiny mesh tubes that prop open clogged arteries—all the implanted arteries stayed open. The data were so stunning that after French researcher Marie-Claude Morice presented the study results, audience members stood and applauded.

"I remember it well," says Robert Harrington of Duke University Medical Center in ...

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