Tag: stents

Do you really need that heart procedure? New information presented a the American Heart Association says maybe not.

Do you really need that heart procedure? New information presented a the American Heart Association says maybe not. We have many things to worry about medically speaking.   Older Americans often worry about problems that may develop in the heart and the circulatory system. We endure stress tests to make sure we are ok.   If we have a heart attack or chest pain, we are likely to visit the doctor who may or may not find anything wrong with us.  Statistically, 95% of those who visit the ER thinking they are having a heart attack are not. Many of these patients Read More »

Still having pains after having a stent installed; A new study in Lancet may explain why.

Heart stents and chest pain; new data suggests they don’t relieve pain in most patients. Chest pain from clogged arteries is a fear many of us have as we age.  Heart attacks are the leading killer of close to 800,000 people per year in the USA alone and stents are installed in 500,000 internationally each year to relieve chest pain alone. The  procedure that is the least invasive way to relieve that pain and prevent a heart attack is known as a stent, which is a cage that is inserted into the artery to open it up. Opening up the harts Read More »

When the evidence doesn’t support your doctors recommendations for necessary care.

When the evidence doesn’t support your doctors recommendations for necessary care. Imagine you have chest pain and you go to the hospital, but the chest pain comes and goes and is on the left side; most of us likely may believe we are having a heart attack.   The truth is that statistically, only about 5% of those who visit the hospital are having a cardiac event, and the rest are likely symptoms of other conditions, with the most common being muscle spasm. Many of us after being released by the hospital are likely to breathe a sigh of relief, but Read More »