FDA Issues Warning about Risk from Dissolvable Stents; the Food and Drug Administration Has Issued a Letter Warning about Potential Heart Risks for People with a Type of Dissolvable Stent That Allegheny General Hospital Has Implanted in Patients. [Derived Headline]

By Venteicher, Wes | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 22, 2017 | Go to article overview

FDA Issues Warning about Risk from Dissolvable Stents; the Food and Drug Administration Has Issued a Letter Warning about Potential Heart Risks for People with a Type of Dissolvable Stent That Allegheny General Hospital Has Implanted in Patients. [Derived Headline]


Venteicher, Wes, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The Food and Drug Administration has issued a letter warning about potential heart risks for people with a type of dissolvable stent that Allegheny General Hospital has implanted in patients.

The FDA letter, addressed to cardiologists, warns that the rate of heart attacks and other major cardiac events stands at 11 percent after two years for patients with the dissolving stents, versus a rate of 7.9 percent for patients with more traditional metallic stents.

AGH has recorded no adverse events in patients who have received the devices, Dr. David Lasorda, director of interventional cardiology at the hospital, wrote in an email. Allegheny Health Network announced in 2013 that AGH was participating in the ABSORB III trial, testing a device made by Illinois-based health care company Abbott Vascular Inc. Like traditional stents, the device is used to open blocked arteries, restoring blood flow to the heart. …

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