April 15, 2012

Mayo Clinic Study Suggests Coronary Stents Not Harmful to Patients With History of Metal Allergy


Cardiologists have long grappled with how to best manage patients with coronary artery disease who report skin hypersensitivity to nickel or other metal components found in stents -- small tubes placed in narrowed or weakened arteries to help improve blood flow to the heart…"Most interventional cardiologists will, at some stage, have to decide whether to place a coronary stent in a patient with a history of skin allergy to one of the metal components, most commonly nickel. Our study found no evidence of an increased risk of heart attack, death or restenosis, which is a recurrent narrowing within a stent, in patients who reported themselves to be allergic to metal prior to implantation," says Rajiv Gulati, M.D., Ph.D., an interventional cardiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.



Science Codex   4/15/12

Tags: Allergy, Cardiology, coronary artery disease, Dr. Rajiv Gulati, Mayo Clinic Rochester, metal allergy, Research

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