Patients With Drug-Coated Stents Face Risks of Dangerous Side Effects
Drug-coated stents have become an increasingly popular treatment for coronary artery disease. In this procedure, the stents are inserted in diseased arteries to help keep them open. These stents are coated with anti-clotting medication to help prevent the artery from reclosing, unlike the bare metal stents initially used that have a smaller success rate at preventing the artery from collapsing again. However, there are increasing concerns about the dangers of these stents and the side effects of drugs patients must take for a year or more after the stents are inserted into their arteries.
Medical Problems You Could Suffer From Your Stent
Drug-coated stents were developed when doctors discovered that the metal stents did not prevent the risk of blood clots, and too many patients needed additional stents due to the regrowth of tissue in the artery that caused it to collapse. However, drug-coated stents are increasingly coming under scrutiny due their health dangers—sometimes fatal. Recent studies have shown that these stents can increase—not decrease—the risk of a patient developing late stent thrombosis, a type of blot clot, a year or more after the stent was inserted. Patients can suffer the following life-threatening medical conditions:
- Blood clot
- Heart attack
- Clogging of the stent
- Allergic reaction to the drug
- Rupture of a blood vessel
To reduce the risk of blood clots, patients must take blood thinners—often for a year or more. Unfortunately, these medications come with long-term side effects that include:
- Serious gastrointestinal bleeding
- Heart attack
If you suffered complications after having a drug-coated stent inserted in your artery, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer. You may also have a medical malpractice case if the doctor made errors in performing the procedure or failed to warn you of the potential dangers of the stents and medications you would have to take. You could be entitled to compensation for the expensive medical treatments you will need, your lost wages while you heal, and your emotional trauma. Call me today at 888.716.8021 to schedule a FREE consultation.
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