Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Stent thrombosis is a bad disease

Investigators at the annual congress of the European Society of Cardiology reported on the outcomes in patients who present with stent thrombosis. From Internal Medicine News:

Dr. Freek W.A. Verheugt noted in an interview that one-quarter of patients who experience stent thrombosis never make it to the catheterization laboratory because they die immediately.

“The Italian study shows that stent thrombosis—whether with a bare-metal or drug-eluting stent—is a malignant disease. One out of four patients die immediately, and the other three-quarters face an in-hospital mortality of 12%. That's terrible. We haven't seen anything like that in many years,” he said.

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