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 may be having problems that are better addressed through chiropractic care due to the musculoskeletal nature of the pain.

Clogged arteries may cause a stroke or heart attack, which is why so many people have had stents or bypass surgery.

The newest information suggests that many of these procedures to increase blood flow can be avoided with low-cost medications.  The American Heart Association’s most recent meeting suggested that medications may be a safer way that can be just as effective while being less risky.

According to MDLinx, twelve years ago, a big study found that angioplasty was no better than medicines for preventing heart attacks and deaths in non-emergency heart patients, but many doctors balked at the results and quarreled with the methods.

Many angioplasties, as well as stent procedures, have been done over the last few years.  The data that has been accumulated is now suggesting that many of these costly and sometimes risky procedures may be no better in reducing risk than inexpensive medications.

While doctors who are trained to do these procedures have balked in the past, data is data.

What does this mean to you, the patient?   It is likely that in the future, there will be fewer angioplasties and stents approved and paid for by insurers who will approve medication use instead.

Check out the article in MDLinx

Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures

MedicalXpress Breaking News-and-Events | November 18, 2019

People with severe but stable heart disease from clogged arteries may have less chest pain if they get a procedure to improve blood flow rather than just giving medicines a chance to help, but it won’t cut their risk of having a heart attack or dying over the following few years, a big federally funded study found.

The results challenge medical dogma and call into question some of the most common practices in heart care. They are the strongest evidence yet that tens of thousands of costly stent procedures and bypass operations each year are unnecessary or premature for people with stable disease.

That’s a different situation than a heart attack when a procedure is needed right away to restore blood flow.

For non-emergency cases, the study shows “there’s no need to rush” into invasive tests and procedures, said New York University’s, Dr. Judith Hochman.

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