Heart devices: More Confirmation Stents Overused

July 6, 2011 by MassDevice

How will medical groups and insurers react to the recent JAMA study showing that a significant percentage of electively implanted angioplasty devices may be overused?

By Merrill Goozner

Another day, another study showing that invasive cardiologists overuse angioplasty and insert unneeded stents in patients without acute symptoms of coronary artery disease.

Merrill Goozner

The latest study, which appeared in today's Journal of the American Medical Association, deemed 15 percent of the 600,000 angioplasties done every year are either inappropriate or their necessity is uncertain.

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