Current Cardiology Reports

, 16:469

Choosing the Right Coronary Stent in the Modern Era

Interventional Cardiology (S Rao, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11886-014-0469-4

Cite this article as:
Toklu, B. & Bangalore, S. Curr Cardiol Rep (2014) 16: 469. doi:10.1007/s11886-014-0469-4
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  1. Topical Collection on Interventional Cardiology


Research and development in the field of coronary stent design is a fast-evolving and fascinating journey. A device that was once introduced to salvage acute closure associated with balloon angioplasty is now the standard of care for many patients with coronary artery disease. Newer generation stents are the product of remarkable progress in technology and innovation, driven by the need to make the stents easier to deliver and to improve their safety and efficacy. As such, the design of these stents has become quite sophisticated and complex. The number of available stents has increased giving patients and physicians more choices on one hand, but also created confusion in selecting the optimal stent for a given patient. Although a ‘one size fits all’ approach may not be reasonable, several randomized trials have attested to the efficacy and safety of newer generation durable polymer drug eluting stents. This article discusses the evidence base to support various stent choices in contemporary practice.


Bare metal stents Coronary artery disease Drug-eluting stents Coronary stent 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Virginia Commonwealth University School of MedicineRichmondUSA
  2. 2.Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Cardiovascular Outcomes Group, Cardiovascular Clinical Research CenterNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.The Leon H. Charney Division of CardiologyNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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