Stenting Better in Acute MI Than PTCA

NEW YORK (MedscapeWire) Mar 28 — Stenting is better for reperfusion after acute myocardial infarction (MI) than percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), according to a randomized trial reported in the March 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
"At experienced centers, stent implantation (with or without abciximab therapy) should be considered the routine reperfusion strategy," write Gregg W. Stone, MD, of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute, New York City, and colleagues of the Controlled Abciximab and Device Investigation to Lower Late Angioplasty Complications (CADILLAC) investigators.

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