Study: Stents no better than pills for some heart patients | On Call

February 28, 2012 by MassDevice staff

New research suggests that stable heart patients with stents are no better off than patients given less costly drug regimens.

Updated: March 15, 2012 9:30 a.m.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Stable heart disease patients were no better off with a stent with less-costly drug therapy in a recent study comparing the 2 treatments. *

Implanting a stent to prop open blocked arteries represents a more costly alternative that failed to improve outcomes in stable patients, according to researchers from the Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York.

"There was no benefit of stenting as far as reducing death, heart attack, repeat procedures and even reducing symptomatic angina," investigator Dr. David Brown told Today Online.

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