In a surprising development, a new study in England raises serious questions
about using stents to relieve chest pain. One group of subjects received
a stent and the other did not. The study concluded that there was no real
difference in chest pain reduction between the two groups, a conclusion
that is shocking cardiologists nationwide.
This study may lead to the revision of cardiologist guidelines for using
stents to treat chest pain. Any surgery runs the risk of dangerous complications,
so if you or someone you know is scheduled to have a stent procedure to
relieve chest pain, you should ask your doctor about this new study and
you may wish to obtain a second opinion.
You can read about the study here:
Are Artery-Opening Stents for Chest Pain a Waste of Time?