Widespread use of stents questioned

Coronary stents are no better than standard medical care for patients with stable coronary artery disease, a study finds.

Despite the widespread use of stents among these patients, researchers showed first-line stenting was no better than medical therapy at preventing death, nonfatal MI, unplanned revascularisation or angina.

Among patients receiving stents, 8.9% died over an average of four years, compared with 9.1% who received first-line medical therapy, found the

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