A New York State study of 40,000 patients getting stents inserted to open up blocked arteries found that almost one in six of them were readmitted to the hospital within a month of the procedure, often for heart conditions and chest pain.
Many stent patients get rehospitalized
That's higher than the rehospitalization rate of one in 10 stent patients reported at a single Minnesota hospital in a study published last month.
Regardless of the exact number, those figures are troubling, researchers said.
"In general, all the studies have shown that readmission rates after (stent procedures) are higher than what we would expect. It points to a national problem in general regarding readmission after a hospitalization," said Dr. Adrian Hernandez, a cardiologist at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, who wasn't involved in the research.
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