A clinical trial comparing stents found that the CYPHER Sirolimus-eluting Coronary Stent had a clinical benefit similar to that of a bare metal stent (BMS), with no differences in incidence of heart attack, death, or blood clots. Data from this new trial support data from a previous trial touting CYPHER?s benefits. In fact, this trial showed that patients in the CYPHER group had significantly lower rates of target vessel failure at the 5-year follow-up than patients in the BMS group (22.5% vs 34.7%). At the long-term follow-up, the CYPHER stent also resulted in lower rates of re-treatment, myocardial infarction, and death, when compared with BMS (9.4% vs 24.2%).
Ms. Farley is a freelance medical writer based in Wakefield, RI.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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