Cypher or Taxus?

Bill, Huntsville, Illinois, USA, October 25, 2005
What's the latest 2005 TCT news? Who is winning the Stent Wars, or is it significant difference -- Cypher seems "ahead". I am due for stent 2 on Oct. 27. First one was Taxus. Now what to do re-discussion with Docs?? Confused in IL

Current Postings (3):

• As far as restenosis, both stents are about the same. However, a Taxus is more easily deliverable. For someone who does not have calcified arteries, deliverability is unlikely to be a problem. If you already had a Taxus stent placed and the stent looks good on repeat angiography (assuming that it was a few years since you had the first stent), that tells me that your body has accepted the Taxus stent very well without any in-stent restenosis and therefore you should have another Taxus stent.
Francis L., North Carolina, USA, July 26, 2006

• Bill -- excellent question, who IS winning the stent wars? Our answer here has always been: the patients. Perhaps that sounds lame, but it's true. As to what stents your interventional cardiologist should use, that's something you can certainly discuss with him/her -- a lot depends on sizing, type of blockage, etc. -- most docs think they're pretty much the same, but it can't hurt to ask questions. We hope your procedure goes smoothly and that your recovery period is uneventful. And don't forget to take the post-procedure prescriptions diligently (antiplatelet therapy very important).
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, October 26, 2005

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