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Drugs As Effective as Stents For Blocked Arteries

Updated on March 11, 2012
This is an example of a stent, used to open blocked or narrowed arteries. But are drugs just as effective?
This is an example of a stent, used to open blocked or narrowed arteries. But are drugs just as effective?

New Study Finds Pills Offer Advantage Over Stents…

So you have blocked arteries? Your doctor suggests a minimally invasive procedure, whereby he/she will insert a stent to open them. The cost? $20,000-$30,000 not to mention a stay in the hospital, the procedure itself, the discomfort, and the recuperation time.

The question is: Do you have options?

Thanks to a new study, you do! Published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers have found that drugs work wonders for clogged arteries!

Over 7,000 people were studied. The results were dramatic: Drugs are as effective as stents with many advantages!
Over 7,000 people were studied. The results were dramatic: Drugs are as effective as stents with many advantages!

The Study’s Findings…

Conducted over eight years (1997-2005) and studying over 7,000 patients, researchers analyzed the differences between those who had stents versus those who used other therapies such as aspirin, beta-blockers, blood-pressure medications, etc.

Doctors Stergiopoulous and Brown, Stony Brook University Medical Center, New York, published the findings in which Brown stated, "The result showed quite clearly there was no benefit of stenting as far as reducing death, heart attack, repeat procedures and even reducing symptomatic angina (chest pain)…"

The Opposition Speaks...

Some doctors are opposed to the study’s findings because it analyzes old data and because stenting is believed to reduce angina (chest pain) more effectively than medications. But no study could prove that to be the case.

The problem, according to researchers, is that doctors make MORE $$$ with stents!
The problem, according to researchers, is that doctors make MORE $$$ with stents!

Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks…

Dr. Redberg, editor, Archives of Internal Medicine, said that fewer than half of all Americans are treated with medicine first before receiving a stent. And she adds, over one million Americans receive stents each year.

Here’s the most disconcerting factor. Dr. Brown believes that doctors recommend stents over drugs to line their pockets! In other words, they make a lot more money at your expense! But in my opinion, it's more than just the money, how about the emotional and physical toll the procedure exerts upon body and mind?

If you have stable heart disease, with narrowed arteries, and you’re suffering chest pain, and your doctor recommends a stent, get a second opinion and take this article with you!

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.



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