Indigenous stents: examining the clinical data on new technologies

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The availability and utilization of percutaneous coronary intervention in developing countries is limited mainly because of the expenses involved. As most of the consumables are imported, the availability of indigenously developed stents will help in bringing down the cost of the procedure, thus making these procedures available to all sections of society. Ever since the availability of the first indigenous stent in 1997, much progress has been made in developing various stents, both bare metal and drug-eluting. Data from long-term follow-up is now available for many of the indigenously developed stents. In this article, we will discuss the various indigenously available stents, available clinical trial data for each of the stents and future perspectives.

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