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Drug-coated stents safe for large heart arteries

Drug-coated heart stents, such as the Xience model made by Abbott Labs, are as safe as the old bare metal variety for patients with narrowed large coronary arteries, a large European study showed, alleviating concerns about their long-term use.

There was no increase in the number of deaths or heart attacks two years after the drug-coated stent was implanted, according to data presented at the scientific sessions of the American Heart Association in Chicago. Get the full story »