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Drug-eluting stents in multivessel coronary artery disease: Was one of the important fortresses of surgery conquered? [Anatol J Cardiol]
Anatol J Cardiol. 2009; 9(4): 325-330

Drug-eluting stents in multivessel coronary artery disease: Was one of the important fortresses of surgery conquered?

Arda Şanlı Ökmen1, Ertan Ökmen1
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Siyami Ersek Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Center, İstanbul, Turkey

Since the drug eluting stents have provided better results concerning restenosis and repeat revascularization comparing to bare metal stents, percutaneous coronary interventions are performing increasingly in more complex stenoses. However, drug eluting stents did not show any advantage on prevention of myocardial infarction and survival. Currently there is no any completed controlled randomized study showing the superiority or equality of drug eluting stents over coronary bypass surgery by means of efficacy and safety. While the long-term results of drug eluting stents still unclear, everyday progressively more patients with multivessel disease are undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention with drug eluting stent implantation. The aim of this review is to discuss the efficacy and safety of drug eluting stents in patients with multivessel disease.

Keywords: Coronary artery disease, stent, drug-eluting stent, multivessel disease, coronary bypass surgery


Arda Şanlı Ökmen, Ertan Ökmen. Drug-eluting stents in multivessel coronary artery disease: Was one of the important fortresses of surgery conquered?. Anatol J Cardiol. 2009; 9(4): 325-330


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