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Lawyers are currently investigating the numbers of stent-related cardiac events linked to drug eluting stents. Drug eluting stents are also known as medicated or drug-coated stents. Medicated stents are, unlike bare metal stents, coated in drugs intended to inhibit cell growth to prevent restenosis (re-blocking of the artery).
Manufacturers of these stents include Boston Scientific (Taxus stent) and Cordis, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (Cypher stent). Medicated stents are increasingly common, projected to represent 88% of all stents sold in the US in 2005.
Drug Eluting Stents' Side Effects
Drug Eluting Stents have been linked to side effects such as thrombosis and severe allergic reactions.
Stents were originally developed to open arteries clogged with plaque. A treatment called angioplasty was developed whereby doctors expanded clogged arteries with tiny balloons, but about half the time the arteries re-closed.
In an attempt to solve the problem, doctors used the balloon to expand a tiny wire mesh sleeve, called a stent, inside the artery to keep it open. This helped a bit, but in 20-30% of cases, cells grew over the wire and the arteries re-closed.
The next solution was to coat the stents with a drug that prevented cell growth. These drug eluting stents (DES) cut the restenosis rate to about 5%. However, a new problem developed - by stopping cell growth, pieces of the stent could stick out of the artery and create a perfect place for a blood clot to form and cause a fatal heart attack.
The drug-coated stents have also been linked to a higher death rate due to cardiac events such as heart attack when compared to metal stents without a drug coating. The associated blood clots may occur up to thirty days after the heart stent was implanted. It is estimated that 2,000 Americans die each year due to drug eluting stents.
While allergic reactions may also occur, including pain, hives, and fever, along with difficult breathing and blood pressure issues, the law firm is interested in investigating only those cases that relate to post-stent implantation cardiac events. The strongest cases involve death with autopsy showing a blood clot inside the stent.
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I suffered a heart attack on August 4 and was administered clot busting medication to keep me alive at Kenora Hospital in Kenora Ontario. On August 7 I was then transferred to St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg Manitoba where an angiogram and ultrasound was performed.
The heart attack had damaged my heart and was attributed to a blood clot that formed in my Taxus stent. I am now on Warfarin to ensure no clots form in my heart chamber and then am looking at a lifetime of Plavix and aspirin. I have also lost my drivers license for the next 30 days. I also face a future of uncertainty regarding the Taxus stent and possible side effects and risks.
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