A study, presented at the AHA conference this week, shows that inappropriate stent procedures are on a decline, after physicians and hospitals came under fire for overuse of unnecessary stents for patients who did not necessarily need them. http://on.wsj.com/1WM17Og
The decline is likely a response to the appropriate use criteria, published in 2009 and updated in 2012.
Stent procedures, however, still have a significant role in appropriate cases. Patients that fulfill the Protected PCI criteria—with complex anatomy, comorbidities and advanced heart failure—often require stents to open up blockages that are preventing the heart and other organs from getting perfused.
Similar to the Impella® device, stents can be beneficial in specific types of patients, and when used appropriately, can lead to improved quality of life for the patient.