Stent Thrombosis

  • Javier Cuesta
  • Marcos García-Guimaraes
  • Fernando Rivero
  • Teresa Bastante
  • Fernando Alfonso


Coronary stents constitute the default strategy during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as they provide improved safety and efficacy compared with balloon angioplasty alone. Stents reduce restenosis rates compared to balloon angioplasty predominantly as a result of a larger acute gain that translates into a greater minimal lumen diameter at follow-up. Although neointimal proliferation is increased after bare metal stent (BMS) implantation, eventually the net lumen gain at follow-up is larger than that obtained with balloon angioplasty. Drug-eluting stents (DES) significantly reduced neointimal proliferation and the need for reinterventions as compared with BMS. In addition, the safety of PCI improved after the introduction of coronary stents that drastically reduced the incidence of abrupt vessel closure. However, stent thrombosis still remains an important and feared complication. This entity has a wide chronological spectrum encompassing anywhere from intra-procedural to many years after implantation.


Stent thrombosis Interventional cardiology Coronary angiography Intravascular ultrasound Optical coherence tomography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Cuesta
    • 1
  • Marcos García-Guimaraes
    • 1
  • Fernando Rivero
    • 1
  • Teresa Bastante
    • 1
  • Fernando Alfonso
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiology, Hospital Universitario de La PrincesaUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain

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