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

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.


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!


4 replies

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


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


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