Among health care professionals, there is a strong emphasis on evidence-based medicine to determine what treatments to prescribe. Cardiologist Ethan Weiss reports on a new study that investigates the value of angioplasty for heart patients. The study found no benefit for stable chest pain when compared to a placebo. This controversial finding could influence how doctors treat their cardiac patients. getAbstract recommends this article to those interested in the pursuit of scientific truth.
In this summary, you will learn
- How stents save patients’ lives when inserted during a heart attack,
- How a study known as ORBITA found that stents do not appear to help people with stable chest pain and
- How the placebo effect could account for the study’s result.
About the Author
Ethan Weiss, MD, is a cardiologist and associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco.