DRUG THERAPY AFTER STENTS
ANCHOR LEAD : NEW RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE JUST BEEN RELEASED FOR DRUG THERAPY AFTER STENTS ARE PLACED IN THE HEART, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
People who’ve received drug-eluting stents, those devices used to keep formerly narrowed or closed arteries open in the heart, need to stay on blood thinning agents for a year after the stents are placed. That’s according to the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and others. Rick Lange, chief of clinical cardiology at Johns Hopkins, comments.
LANGE: The recommendations regarding how long patients should receive aspirin and clopidogrel are different for the two stents. For the bare metal stents people should receive these agents for two to four weeks, but people who have the drug eluting stents should receive these agents for as long as a year now. Now, that’s different because that it was just three to six months. What we’re recognizing though is that tissue doesn’t cover the stents so we need to have these antiplatelet agents on board for a lot longer. :24
Lange says the guidelines may well be modified again after more data is collected. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.