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Stents Do Little to Prevent Heart Attacks

author Dr. William Boden, chief of cardiology at Buffalo General Hospital argued, “The results show they should try medication first.” He said,"I think the results will be profound in terms of how it changes the practice of cardiology in medicine."

Stenting is now a $6 billion industry and doctors who perform angioplasty defend it saying it has its advantages. The shares of Boston Scientific drop by 10 percent and those of another major stent manufacturer Johnson & Johnson are down by 5 percent.

Last night at a Boston Scientific event, Dr. Martin B. Leon, a Columbia University cardiologist, railed against the study, prompting the officials to take action as results were released early and to issue a statement that it will be "considering strong sanctions against the individual or individuals involved."

Boden advise patients to have a discussion with their doctor about their symptoms and not decide on their own. He fears that many patients may decide to try drug therapy for months before going for other options.

The American Heart Association guidelines clearly state that patients should be treated with medications first before employing stenting or procedures like bypass surgery.
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