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In An Emergency, Value Of Drug-Eluting Stents Still Questionable, Docs Say

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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More data is needed before drug-eluting stents should be considered for routine use as part of emergency treatment for a heart attack, according to an editorial in the Sept. 14 New England Journal of Medicine

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