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Sunday, February 26, 2017

CORONARY ARTERY STENTS

Coronary artery stents do not reduce the risk of death over 4 years (8.9% vs 9.1%)

Coronary stents do not reduce the risk of dying according to a meta-analysis of eight (8) studies which included a total of 7229 patients with an average follow-up of 4.3 years.

The death rate was 8.9% over the next 4.3 years in people who had a stent placed versus 9.1% in those who had standard medical therapy.

“Initial stent implantation for stable [coronary artery disease] shows no evidence of benefit compared with initial medical therapy for prevention of death, nonfatal [heart attack], unplanned revascularization, or angina,” the authors of the paper concluded.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Feb 26, 2017 2:48 pm | [0] comments

Sunday, July 26, 2015

STENTS

Stents do NOT reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and death over 4.6 years

Coronary artery stents do NOT reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and death over 4.6 years according to the Clinical Outcomes UtiĀ­lizing Revascularization and Aggressive Drug Evaluation (COURAGE) trial.

Five percent (5%) MORE people given stents had a heart attack, stroke or died over 4.6 years compared to those who did NOT have a stent (20.0% of people given a stent versus 19.5% of people who did NOT have a stent), although the difference was not statistically significant.

At the very least, this shows that stents do NOT reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and death, and may INCREASE the risk of heart attack, stroke and death.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Jul 26, 2015 4:51 am | [0] comments
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