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STENT PATIENTS GO HOME SOONER IF WRIST ARTERY USED

Nov. 16, 2005
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Many patients whose coronary stents are delivered through an artery in the wrist instead of through a groin artery do not require overnight hospitalizations that are now standard for 1 million Americans each year, researchers said recently. Patients in a new trial were able to go home within hours because use of the wrist's radial artery -- a far smaller blood vessel than the groin artery -- reduced the amount of Johnson and Johnson's ReoPro blood thinner needed to control bleeding.

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