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Are Cardiac Stents The Best Approach For Chest Pain?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the most common surgeries in America is the implanting of stents into the arteries of people with blockages (stents are tiny wire cages that push open a plug.) The idea here is to clear out a part of a coronary artery that is

Open Up!

clogged and not allowing for the normal flow of blood to the heart.  Doctors have been using stents for a long time and consider it an effective treatment for chest pain and to avoid heart attacks.

No More Effective Than Pills

A new research study, however, found that stents are no more effective than medicines such as statins, aspirin, and hypertension pills.  The patients in this study did not include people having heart attacks nor those who left main cardiac artery were blocked. Rather, these were people who found out they had a blocked artery on a stress test or because of chest pain. For these people, who were no in imminent threat of death, the use of stents showed no improvement in their outcomes versus a pharmaceutical regimen.

Lower Risk, Lower Cost

There are excellent reasons to choose medications over stenting. One is that stenting, like any medical procedure,

Much Easier To Swallow

comes with significant risks. Another is the cost. On average, the price for getting a stent implanted is $25,000.  Even if insurance covers most of that, you could be facing a huge bill.

Not Surprisingly, Stent Doctors Disagree

The doctors who make their salaries by putting in stents argue in favor of them. They suggest that patients cannot be counted on to adhere to their medical regiments. Maybe, but this is not much of an argument. A patient who will not follow medical advice is going to have a poorer outcome in every situation. 

Talk To Your Doctor

As always, never make any medical decisions based on what you read here. I cannot offer any medical advice. But, before you agree to have a wire cage pushed into your artery, ask your doctor if there is a better approach.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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