QuickStats: Use of Stents* Among Hospitalized Patients Undergoing Coronary Angioplasty, by Race --- United States, 2003
In 2003, approximately 84% of the 660,000 hospitalized patients who underwent a coronary angioplasty received a stent, a wire mesh tube inserted during angioplasty to reduce future narrowing of arteries. Drug-eluting stents have been determined to reduce the probability of future narrowing of arteries. Black and white angioplasty patients were equally likely to receive a stent. However, white patients were more likely than black patients to receive a drug-eluting stent.
SOURCE: CDC. National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS), 2003 data file. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/hdasd/nhds.htm.
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