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Will a stent prolong my life?

While stenting coronary arteries can stop heart attacks that are in progress and save lives, studies have shown that today's stents do not prolong life for patients who are not suffering a heart attack or are at risk for them. Rather, for these patients who are not experiencing a life-threatening blockage, the benefit of stents is their ability to reduce chest pain, shortness of breath and other symptoms. They improve quality of life without open-chest surgery.

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