Stents in Clogged Arteries Cause Strokes ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Stents in Clogged Arteries Cause Strokes

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has revealed a high risk of strokes from implanting stents to clogged arteries. According to the study, the old method of simply cleaning out the arteries surgically is safer. A team in Paris, France found that 9.6 per cent of 247 stent recipients had died or suffered strokes while only 3.9 percent of 257 recipients died in surgery. 71 percent of strokes in those where stents were implanted happened on the actual day of the procedure. For those who had surgery, only 33 percent of the strokes happened on the day. The team concluded that continued implantation of stents in patients whose arteries were at least 60 percent blocked was unethical. Nearly 700,000 Americans suffer from strokes as a result of clogged arteries each year.

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