Study Review shows no benefit of stents in treatment of Coronary Artery Disease
A review of randomized, controlled drug trials revealed that using a drug-coated stent to treat stable coronary artery disease provided no additional benefit over standard medical care. Usage of beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, statins, and aspirin was found to be just as effective as a drug-eluting stent. An author of the review said that more than half of the patients were treated with a stent before attempting a traditional drug treatment.
According to the New York Times, theories suggest that the line of treatment can also reduce mortality by improving blood flow, yet the researchers found no evidence to support these thoughts.