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Advanced techniques: use of drug-eluting stents 2015-07-16T10:12:50-06:00

Restenosis (renarrowing or reblockage) of an opened coronary artery after angioplasty with a bare-metal stent (a tiny, expandable metal coil) occurs in some patients.

The use of drug-eluting stents (stents containing medication that helps prevent restenosis by gradually releasing medication over time) has been shown to decrease restenosis after angioplasty and stent placement, as well as to decrease the need for additional procedures to reopen an artery, according to the American Heart Association.

Individuals who receive drug-eluting stents are advised by the American Heart Association to have regular medical checkups and to continue blood-thinning medications as prescribed.