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Old 06-13-2008, 03:23 AM   #1
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Stents in Arteries,how long do they last

Stents in Arteries,how long do they last

 
Old 06-16-2008, 02:35 PM   #2
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Re: Stents in Arteries,how long do they last

They are made of metal, so they last forever...

However, can that portion of your artery block up again? Yes, of course, sometimes quickly. That is going to vary from person to person, and of course, the bare metal are more likely to be plagued by restenosis than the drug eluting, and the latter carry a slightly greater chance of thrombosis.

The drug eluting have only been used for about 5 years regularly here in the US, so the jury is still out re: long term use. It's a few years longer for bare metal...

 
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