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Which is a better type of stent for me? 

I am 65 years old, underwent CABG (coronary artery bypass graft) 10 years ago, and now I had an attack again. Angio shows LAD block, and echo shows 41% LVEF with pseudonormal diastolic filling. I am diabetic. My doctor suggests stent placement. Which type of stent do I opt for, DES or chromium cobalt stents?  

submitted by Ramaswamy from Hyderabad on 11/6/2012


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Neil E. Strickman, MD  

Neil E. Strickman, MDWith the small amount of data supplied here, I assume the stent will be used in a bypass graft. Though not totally known, DES (drug eluting stents) have a lower incidence of recurrent narrowing and are preferential.  If the bypass is too large in diameter, bare metal stents are used. Good luck.   

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Updated November 2012
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