Thrombus aspiration using manual aspirators or disposable vacuum catheters in combination with stent placement was not associated with additional risk of adverse cardiac events over two years, according to a study published in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. The study evaluated data from 619 patients who suffered acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and received either drug-eluting or bare-metal stents. Half were also treated with thrombus aspiration.

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