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Editorial

It’s time to say goodbye... (to the first-generation drug-eluting stent era)

EuroIntervention 2012;7:1011-1013. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV7I9A161

Department of Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Today, for the large number of patients who are living with a first-generation drug-eluting stent, it is mandatory that we continue to perform long-term observations of these patients now that these first generation devices are being replaced by a new generation. So now is the time to say goodbye to the era of the first generation of drug-eluting stents. In this issue of the journal, three papers attempt to answer important unresolved questions concerning first-generation drug-eluting stents, focusing on long-term clinical outcomes in patients who have stents implanted for coronary artery disease. Does treatment with an alternative stent, including a ...

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