Did you get a second opinion before getting a stent? Some may be unecessary!

HeartHawk
By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2012-02-17 00:10:07 -0600
Started 2011-06-19 23:12:26 -0500

I just posted an article about a US Department of Justice investigation into unnecessary stenting.

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/238...

When young interventional cardiologists sit in hospital cafeterias commenting that they need to find ways to increase the number of procedures they do (i.e. increase revenue) I get a little nervous. They should be looking for ways to PREVENT the need the for a stent! Prevention should be the first concern as stents cause problems of their own.

The COURAGE study proved that optimum non-surgical therapy is as effective as surgical therapy for patients who are not suffereing acute symptoms.

By all means get a stent or whatever intervention you doctor advises in an emergency! But, in non-emergent situations you may wish to seek additional prefessional guidance.

What were the circumstances surrounding your stent? Your insight and experience could help another member of our community!

HH


4 replies

raven2005
raven2005 2011-09-10 19:42:15 -0500 Report

I didn't have a choice as far as my stent went because I was in the middle of a heart attack when they did the angio and stent placement.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-09-10 21:18:10 -0500 Report

raven,

Absolutely, in emergent situations stents are a lifesaver! Now, the next challenge is to prevent the emergency!

HH

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