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Drug-Eluting PAD Stent Approved
US Food and Drug Administration officials have approved the first medication-coated stent designed to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD), giving patients with blocked thigh arteries another option.
FDA Approves First Drug-Eluting Stent to Treat Peripheral Arterial Disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent ( Zilver PTX Stent), the first drug-eluting stent indicated to re-open a particular artery in the thigh ( femoropopliteal artery) when narrowed or blocked as a result of peripheral artery disease (PAD).
Experimental Drug Drops Clot Risk
An investigational drug appears to offer significant improvements for patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a recent trial found.
Bypass Surgery Becoming More Common for PAD
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients are now more likely to receive lower extremity bypass surgery to open clogged arteries in their legs. Despite the increase, survival rates remain unchanged.
Two Stent Types Effective in Treating Severe PAD
Patients with more severe forms of peripheral artery disease (PAD) generally have fewer treatment options available, and those that are offered aren't always a home run. A trial has found that two types of stents both offer effective treatment.
Generic Plavix on the Way
U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials today approved generic versions of blockbuster blood thinner Plavix ( clopidogrel bisulfate).
Generic Plavix Approved
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved generic versions of the blood thinning drug Plavix ( clopidogrel bisulfate), which helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by making it less likely that platelets in the blood will clump and form clots in the arteries.
Stem Cells Improve Outlook for Severe PAD
Scientists have increasingly been experimenting with therapies tied to a patient's own stem cells, and peripheral artery disease (PAD) is no exception.
Less Invasive is Better for PAD
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can be treated by several methods depending on severity of the leg blockage. Bypass surgery in the leg is one option, but less-invasive endovascular surgery is preferred when appropriate.
Depression Linked to Increased PAD Risk
Patients suffering from depression may be at an increased risk of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD), a painful condition in which arteries narrow, usually in the legs or pelvis.