Study: 1 in 10 stent patients readmitted within a month

November 29, 2011 1:53:15 PM PST
One out of every 10 patients that receives a stent to open up blocked arteries will end up back in the hospital within 30 days, according to a new study that also found the readmitted patients are more likely to die in the next year.

The study suggests that at least some of the factors related to a patient's chance of going back to the hospital cannot necessarily be changed by better care.

But, experts say, the findings give hospitals a place to start in addressing those extra risks and making sure that each patient has the right tools to prevent another costly hospital stay when they go home.

The study appears in the Archives of Internal Medicine.