Despite all the benefits of drug-eluting stents (DES), concerns have been raised over their long-term safety, with particular reference to stent thrombosis. In an effort to address these concerns, newer stents have been developed that include: DES with biodegradable polymers, DES that are polymer free, stents with novel coatings, and completely biodegradable stents. Many of these stents are currently undergoing pre-clinical and clinical trials; however, early results seem promising. This paper reviews the current status of this new technology, together with other new coronary devices such as bifurcation stents and drug-eluting balloons, as efforts continue to design the ideal coronary stent.

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Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Garg, S., & Serruys, P. (2010). Coronary stents: Looking forward. Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Vol. 56). doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2010.06.008