Most Popular Angioplasty Web Site

Radiation Therapy and Drug-Eluting Stents

Email Bookmark and Share

What is your opinion about radiation therapy, local drug delivery systems and polymer coated stents?
Juan José Arango E., Unidad Cardiovascular - Fundación Valle del Lili

Add Your Comment           See More Topics

Patients Are Reading...
a stent Top Forum Chat: How Long Will a Stent Last?
Transradial Wrist Approach to Angioplasty Patient Guide: FAQ on Wrist Angioplasty
Activated Patient The Activated Patient Blog:
Our Blog for Patients
candy hearts Twitter: Follow us on Twitter @cardiopatient
Bike Race Patient Empowerment: Take Charge with Action Resources
Doctor and patient PatientCenter: Read and Learn about Heart Health

CT scan of heart
Like your local educational TV or radio station, our Forum relies on help from visitors like you. The grant funding we receive does not fully cover our costs; please consider making a recurring monthly contribution or a one-time donation.
Donate Now!

More from the Forum:
• Browse through existing topics on the Patient Forum
• Create a New Topic on the Patient Forum

Click here for more information about the following ads

Current Postings on This Page (12):

• Christine -- there is no such thing as a "radiation-coated" stent. There is a procedure called brachytherapy, in which a catheter is inserted and radiation is pulsed briefly. It was thought to reduce restenosis (a.k.a. reblocking of the artery) but in the most recent trials, it was no better than and in some cases worse than stenting alone. The two manufacturers of this equipment have ceased making it, although it is still used in very specific cases where it may be good.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, May 3, 2008

• I have been told that the muscle tissue is coming through the stents I have which number 15 as of 2 weeks ago. I have heard that the radiation coated stents are better. What is your opinion?
Christine T., New York, USA, May 3, 2008

• Anyone know of any institution that is currently using a completely biodegradable stent?? I know a Dr. Tamai did some research in Japan a few years ago, but cannot discover if anyone is currently using such a coronary stent with good results. Thanks G
Gray, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, March 3, 2005

• I had radiation therapy for a stent that reblocked after only 2 months. Unfortunately, it blocked again a year and a half later, as did the 2 other stents I had.
Barbara Medart, Bonanza, Oregon, USA, February 8, 2005

• Yes. Look over
Valery Serbezov, MC Ltd., Bulgaria, 2 Apr 2004

I think 80s is a time of PTCA, 90s is a time of stents, next decade is a time of drug-loaded (polymer) stents. The biodegradable stents are the last winner.
Dezeng Fan, Beijing Center for Biomaterials, China, 18 Jan 2001

• Dear Norbert, can you send me some information about your new stent concept. Thanks.
Thach Nguyen, MD, FACC, FACP , St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, Indiana, USA, May 23, 1998
• ATTN: Sergio Mejia/ Clinica Cardiovascular Santa Maria — What information can you provide on the radiation procedure and medications to reduce the restenosis?
Peter Gull, ACC, Virginia, USA, April 16, 1998

• Bitte senden Sie mir Information über Ihre Tema. (Please send me information on "Tema".
Shir A., Uni Klinik Marburg, 35091 Coelbe, GERMANY, April 7, 1998

• We have a new stent concept (diamond-Like coating). You need more information? Please ask us!
Norbert Sass, Phytis L.D.A., GERMANY, March 6, 1998

• It is a very important question. Our group has wide experience regarding that issue. Don't hesitate to contact us. Best regards "Partner".
Sergio Mejía, Clínica Cardiovascular Santa María, Medellín, COLOMBIA, February 3, 1998

• What is your opinion about radiation therapy, local drug delivery systems and polymer coated stents?
Juan José Arango E., Unidad Cardiovascular - Fundación Valle del Lili, September 17, 1997

add your response
Please keep your posting concise. For readability we limit responses to 1,200 characters. Also note that The Forum is not an "ask-a-doctor" service; we do not dispense medical
advice about a patient's specific situation. Read our disclaimer and note that no information
on this Forum should be viewed as a substitute for medical advice or as a consultation
with a medical doctor
: characters left

Forum name -- how do you want to be identified on your post (Required) your email address (Required):
email address must be current and valid; if email sent to the address
below is returned, your comments will not be posted; your email address
will not be displayed on the Forum unless you specifically request it: please enter your email address again (for verification)
geographic location (city, state, province and/or country -- Required):
REQUIRED -- Check the box below to let us know you are a "real human being" and not a spambot. You must check this box for your posting to be submitted: I am a real person and not a spambot The following information is optional. your name:

your organization:
Check the box below if you wish Angioplasty.Org to "anonymize" your posting (for example, John Doe, Baltimore, Maryland, USA would become John D., Maryland, USA): please anonymize me To submit your post, please click the button below once and wait for a confirmation.
Clicking more than once will result in multiple submissions.