Drug Releasing Stents for Leg Artery Blockage

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If you have a vascular condition causing artery blockages in the legs, your doctor may recommend drug releasing stents, also known as a drug-eluting stent, as a treatment option.

A drug releasing stent is coated with a medicine that helps further prevent the arteries from re-closing. These stents have the same support benefits as a bare-metal stent for keeping the artery open. Additionally, because the stent releases a drug over time, it reduces the chance of another blockage.

Like other coronary artery stents, it is left permanently in the artery.

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