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Some doctors oversell artery-opening angioplasty

Published: August 28, 2014


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Los Angeles Hospice Care
October 12, 2014

Thats why we gotta understand that hospitals are businesses after all. And profiting is on their best interest.

Los Angeles Hospice Care
October 12, 2014

Great article! Good thing a lot of articles like this are putting this into light.

John anderson
October 11, 2014

Recently developed A-fib, now on anti-coags and beta-blocker. My episodes of a-fib seems to be
Related to drinking green tea. Don’t understand why. Has this been reported before? Any input
Would be appreciated.

Dr Puneet Chandna
October 10, 2014

Stents should only be deployed with a goal of achieving minimal residual stenosis (so-called optimal stenting). However, attainment of a large luminal diameter minimizes the risk of both stent thrombosis and restenosis.

September 22, 2014

Great Article,I have got useful information here.Thanks a lot.

Hearth Attack Symnptoms
September 16, 2014

Ouch … so much information against angioplasty.
And I’m wondering how many useless medical procedures are oversell

Ali Khim
September 03, 2014

Its really classic info, i have liked the part of mistaken faith, thanks please keep it up

Dr. Gibson
September 02, 2014

Additionally, very true about the misconception that angioplasty is the panacea.

Dr. Gibson
September 02, 2014

Solid article – thanks. It reminds us all that medicine is not a static field, rather it is constantly changing for the better.

Kingsley Mensah Aidoo
August 30, 2014

Wow that’s a nice piece of information or knowledge.

Wounded Warrior
August 30, 2014

Wow crazy stuff

August 29, 2014

I have experienced the same experience and worried much, then went for fundoplication

August 29, 2014

About four years ago I succumbed to pressure and underwent angiography. Reportedly it revealed three plaques blocking carotid and coronary arteries between 70 to 80%. I resisted angioplasty and changed diet and lifestyle with medication. At 80, I walk reasonably fast about two and a half miles everyday and never have any angina pain since then.

August 28, 2014

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August 28, 2014

On August 12r
Th this year I s
Was scheduled for an angiogram. I have normal cholesterol but high BP which is somewhat resistant to treatment. Anyway the test went ahead and my heart stopped durung the procedure.
I do not have clogged arteries ab
Nd my heart was sound . So let this be a cause of concern for others who may be asked to have a needless and dNgerous in my case, angiogram.


Eduardo Alanis
August 28, 2014

Great article. Thank you!! I read a similar article you published last year which pointed out the greater benefits of medication stents and/or surgery when tresting chest pain upon exertion. I changed doctors after mine insisted on stents or surgery and flatly refused to consider medication. A year later and with regular exercise and medication I am doing great.

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