Coronary Artery Angioplasty

Although it has been shown to save lives in an emergency, heart attack, there is no data to support the contention that it will increase your life expectancy when compared with being managed with just medications alone - Alice Park

Coronary Artery Angioplasty

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Angioplasty: Ending Inappropriate Use

Angioplasty and stenting continue to be used in stable coronary artery disease (i.e. not in the middle of a heart attack), even though large randomized controlled trials have shown that they add no significant survival benefit. Angioplasty and stenting are exceedingly expensive and carry risks (including heart attack and stroke) to the patient.

The COURAGE study reported in 2007 that angioplasty and inserting stents, or PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention), provided temporary relief from angina, but did not result in fewer deaths, myocardial infarction or cardiovascular events than medication and lifestyle changes. The OAT clinical study indicated that for high-risk patients with…

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