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A doctor is performing open-heart surgery on a pateint. A new study on heart stents finds they don’t ease chest pain in most patients.
Jason Lemon, For the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in America and of the nearly 800,000 people suffering heart attacks each year, many receive heart stents as a treatment to relieve blocked arteries or chest pain.
While heart stents have become a common and go-to procedure for heart patients, a new study published in the journal “Lancet” by researchers in the United Kingdom suggests that the devices may do little to reduce chest pain discomfort.
"All cardiology guidelines should be revised," doctors David L. Brown of Washington University School of Medicine and Rita F. Redberg of the University of California, San Francisco,wrote in an editorial published with the research.
A new study is calling into question how effective the use of a stent is during invasive heart surgeries. https://t.co/UehqZ7bc6p
Explaining the results, Rasha Al-Lamee, a lead author of the study and a researcher at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London, said that stents don't appear to bring any greater pain relief than medications.
A new study finds that the placebo effect helped patients respond just as well to a fake heart stent operation as to a real one. I hope that also works for root canals / colonoscopies. pic.twitter.com/rKuARHIq3q