The giant federal study that found the use of stents in stable heart-disease patients is no better than drugs to treat clogged arteries reached another, less-hyped conclusion.
Manufacturers of stents for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) note that the Ischemia study also concluded that patients who undergo a stenting procedure have a better quality of life. They suffer less chest pain, or angina, brought on by narrowed arteries. Specifically, the investigators concluded:
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