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COURAGE Trial: Bad News Again for Stents at ACC, Or Is It?

Executive Summary

For the second year in a row, results from a clinical trial announced at the annual American College of Cardiology (ACC) conference appeared to be bad news for coronary stents. The outcomes from the COURAGE trial, announced at this year's ACC meeting in New Orleans at the end of March, found that angioplasty with stenting did not reduce the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events when added to optimal medical therapy.

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