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COURAGE Sub-study: PCI Outperforms Drugs-Only
Date:11/6/2007

monstrates that even in these patients, the continued presence of ischemia increases the risks of death or heart attack. These risks can be reduced with revascularization.

For almost all other patients seen by interventional cardiologists, PCI is the preferred treatment, especially in heart attack patients, because it stops the heart attack immediately, saves lives, and improves health.

The COURAGE trial did not consider that many patients are not suitable for a medications-only approach because, although that approach may be desirable and recommended, such patients may not be able to tolerate side effects of the drugs or adhere to the strict regimen required due to multiple factors.

The COURAGE trial also did not address significant quality-of-life factors for the stable angina population. In consultation with their physicians, many patients choose PCI because it offers almost immediate relief from pain and discomfort, and they are much more likely to be able to resume normal lifestyle activities sooner with far fewer symptoms than many patients who choose the medications-only route.

If you are interested in reading more about the presentation of this nuclear sub-study, click on this link: http://scientificsessions.americanheart.org/portal/scientificsessions/ss/lb ctn r2a.2007

If you are interested in learning more about the spectrum of care that interventional cardiologists use for evaluating treatment options for patients, click this link: http://www.scai.org/soc

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