Are drug coated stents safe and effective, or could they cause clotting and other serious problems? Joining host Andrew Schorr for a discussion on drug-eluting stents is Dr. Larry Dean. Dr. Dean is a professor of medicine and surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, and he’s also director of the UW Medicine Regional Heart Center.
Dr. Dean responds to media coverage suggesting that there could be a problem with increased clotting or thrombosis of drug eluting stents. He explains what events could cause a stent to clot and close the artery, which often leads to a heart attack. Dr. Dean also talks about the dangers of not taking all prescribed medication after having a stent put in, where the FDA stands on stents, and what current research has to say on the subject.
Stents can be a very important tool in preventing coronary disease. Listen now to learn more about the risks of drug-induced stents, as well as why Dr. Dean thinks the benefits of these devices far outweighs any risk.
Larry Dean, MD, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI
Director, Regional Heart Center, UW MedicineDr. Dean is director of the UW Medicine Regional Heart Center and a UW professor of medicine and of surgery. In addition to general cardiology, he is an expert in cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology. He also conducts research on stents to keep blocked heart arteries open and on ways to prevent restenosis, or reclogging, after stents are inserted. Dr.... more >