Technological Advances in Stent Therapies: a Year in Review

  • Jad Raffoul
  • Ammar Nasir
  • Andrew J. P. Klein
Coronary Artery Disease (D Feldman and V Voudris, Section Editors)
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  1. Topical Collection on Coronary Artery Disease


Stent technology has rapidly evolved since the first stainless steel bare metal stents with substantial developments in scaffolding, polymer, drug choice, drug delivery, and elution mechanisms. Most recently, there has been the evolution of bioabsorbable vascular scaffolds, potentially eliminating the need for long-term foreign object retention. These rapid developments have led to an ever-expanding selection of new stents, making the choice of which to use in which patient challenging. Operators must balance potential short- and long-term clinical ramifications, namely stent thrombosis, in-stent restenosis, target lesion revascularization, and target lesion failure. In this review, we hope to provide insight for interventional cardiologists on the details of stent technology and how this impacts outcomes, stent selection, and duration of dual-antiplatelet therapy duration post drug-eluting stent implantation.


Coronary artery disease Dual-antiplatelet therapy Target lesion failure Target lesion revascularization Stent therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jad Raffoul
    • 1
  • Ammar Nasir
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrew J. P. Klein
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.St. Louis University School of MedicineSaint LouisUSA
  2. 2.John Cochran Division - Veterans Administration Saint Louis Health Care SystemSaint LouisUSA
  3. 3.Interventional Cardiology, Vascular and Endovascular MedicinePiedmont Heart InstituteAtlantaUSA

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