How To Treat Heart Disease?

A 2009 issue of The Lancet reported on a meta-analysis which reviewed 61 trials involving over 25,000 patients.  They compared angioplasty and stent placement with no treatment at all or just medication.  What was the finding?

The findings of the analysis indicated that  angioplasty and stent placement for coronary artery disease “did not produce detectable improvements in deaths or myocardial infarction.”  In case you don’t know, a myocardial infarction is commonly called a “heart attack.”

Hmmm?  No improvement in heart attacks – No improvement in death rate?  If you or someone you know is facing this treatment, this could be a talking point with your doctor.

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