Heart Stents Fail to Ease Chest Pain, says new study

This could mean that medications alone could be enough to treat certain kinds of patients, instead of the more expensive stent that opens arteries.

The study was based on a clinical trial in Britain involving 200 patients with a blocked artery and angina. "But there was no real difference between the patients, the researchers found".

But to test the effectiveness of a device inserted into the body against a placebo, patients who receive the placebo treatment must be led to believe that they could have been operated on? what's known as a "sham" procedure. The conclusions might also differ after a longer period, and perhaps there will be a difference between the ones that received the stents during the procedures and the subjects that didn't receive them.

Patients who received stents did not have more improvements in angina or quality of life than those who did not receive a stent. Angina is the medical term for chest pain, which is usually caused when fatty plaques build up in the arteries.

Inserting a stent costs between $11,000 and $41,000, the Times said. In this scenario, the sugar pill presents virtually no risk to the study participant who swallows it, and scientists go on to compare their results with people who received the active medicine, in the hope of being able to separate its true physical effect from its placebo effect.

"While these findings are interesting and deserve more attention, they do not mean that patients should never undergo the [stent] procedure for stable angina".

WhatsApp messenger goes down temporarily in India & other countries
Meanwhile, TechCrunch , Saturday (11/4/2017), reported that the outage was caused by a bug in the software code. The magazine quoted a WhatsApp spokesperson saying, "We are aware of the issue and working to resolve it".

Following the procedure, both groups of patients then took powerful drugs to prevent blood clots. For those that had a blocked artery, the stents improved blood flow.

Writing in a commentary that accompanied the report, two cardiologists said the "landmark" study has implications that "are profound and far-reaching".

David Maron, MD, a cardiologist at Stanford (Calif.) University who was not involved with the research, told the Times the study was well conducted, but said further clarification is needed regarding the use of stents for chest pain relief in areas not explored by the current study.

The placebo effect is created when a patient is given fake "treatment" like a sugar pill and starts feeling better because of the psychological effect. Health experts said that the results should also get medical practitioners to think twice before recommending their patients to undergo the procedure.

According to Brown and Redberg, each year over a half-million patients in the United States and Europe undergo stent treatment - and a sizeable minority will experience potentially unsafe complications that can include heart attack, kidney injury, stroke and even death.

The American Heart Association has more on angina.

Related News:

  • Late singer Selena honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    And, ya know, she just seemed like a super nice person and who doesn't like that? "I'm not going to cry". Selena impacted many people and if she were still alive she would have made a bigger difference.
    LeBron in rare 'Air' as James joins Jordan in scoring milestone

    LeBron in rare 'Air' as James joins Jordan in scoring milestone

    "That's just the way I feel", Beal said Friday before the Wizards hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers (7 p.m. Cleveland is 4-5 on the year. "As a team we were kind of like this", Wade told reporters in Cleveland.

    Analysts Showing Optimistic Trends For Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY)

    Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 20,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $258,400. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website .
  • PV Sindhu hits out at IndiGo Airlines after ground staff

    PV Sindhu hits out at IndiGo Airlines after ground staff "behaved rudely"

    Sindhu's take is the air hostess herself urged her to tweet as the man in question had spoken and behaved inappropriately. The worldwide star PV Sindhu was mistreated during her flight to Mumbai by a staff member named Ajeetesh last night.
    Bournemouth exits EPL drop zone with late goal at Newcastle

    Bournemouth exits EPL drop zone with late goal at Newcastle

    James' Park clash appeared to be heading for 0-0, especially when Marc Pugh missed an easy chance for Bournemouth late on. The result sees Bournemouth edge up to 16th place in the table, while Newcastle slip down to 11th place.
    About the Super Retina display on your iPhone X

    About the Super Retina display on your iPhone X

    This information was published on the website page support advanced smartphone, in order to avoid similar issues from users. Smartphone giant Apple is claiming that this Super Retina display is one of the finest and best one for smartphones.
  • NMI Holdings Inc (NMIH) Shares Up NaN Following Earnings Beat

    The value of the investment in NMI Holdings Inc went from $780,000 to $3,796,000 increasing 386.7% quarter to quarter. For the past 5 years, the company's revenue has grown -13%, while the company's earnings per share has grown -21.6%.
    Meek Mill Faces Prison Time for Probation Violations

    Meek Mill Faces Prison Time for Probation Violations

    The hip-hop artist - real name Robert Williams - has had a number of run-ins with law and was arrested for fighting at a St. The Philly native's probation stems from his 2008 conviction, in which he was charged with drug and gun possession.
    UFC champ Conor McGregor unveiled for 'EA UFC 3' video-game cover

    UFC champ Conor McGregor unveiled for 'EA UFC 3' video-game cover

    I'm in the forever money stage now. "If I do good, it blows up everywhere, if I do bad it blows up everywhere ". Since the UFC began in 1993, there has been no co-promoters for any of their events.
  • No fue Selena Gómez quien le terminó a The Weeknd

    No fue Selena Gómez quien le terminó a The Weeknd

    Para ellos, Justin Bieber fue el responsable de que Selena terminara con depresión y en un centro de rehabilitación. Justin Bieber y Selena Gómez han retomado su relación, por el momento amistosa.
    Earth's Ozone Hole Shrunk To Its Smallest Since 1988

    Earth's Ozone Hole Shrunk To Its Smallest Since 1988

    This year's maximum is twice as big as the U.S. but is 3.37 million square kilometers smaller than last year and 8.5 million sq. The average area of these daily ozone hole maximums observed since 1991has been roughly 10 million square miles.
    TripAdvisor apologizes for censoring user reports about sexual assault and rape

    TripAdvisor apologizes for censoring user reports about sexual assault and rape

    TripAdvisor wrote to him in an email suggesting his post violated the company's "hearsay" guidelines. After several unsuccessful attempts despite rewording her review Ms Valeri says she gave up.


Most liked

Notre Dame-Wake Forest: 10 To 1 Countdown
While this weeks test, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons aren't ranked, they are a unsafe football team and a quality ACC opponent. Then Notre Dame , on a first-and-20, got the touchdown back with a 50-yard run up the middle by Wimbush.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (NYSE:VRX): Stock Sentiment
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc . dipped to as low as $10.94 throughout the day and has returned -23.83% in this year. Mizuho restated an underperform rating on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in a report on Sunday, July 17th.

Ex-pro football player from Bakersfield suspect in homicide
Utah authorities say a former Calgary Stampeder and Washington State football player is suspected of killing his wife. The Deseret News reports prosecutors in Summit County, Utah, are reviewing possible charges against McClanahan.

Super Mario Odyssey Is The Fastest Selling Nintendo Switch Game Ever
Switch sales also look set to rise as we approach the festive season, so things are looking on the up and up for Nintendo. Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access.

Russia Will Inevitably Retaliate against New Canada's Sanctions: Embassy
The United States passed similar legislation in 2012, then broadened the powers of the original in 2016 under the name the U.S.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) Announces Earnings Results
Wall Street is only getting more bullish on the stock, with 13 of analysts who cover MYL having a buy-equivalent rating. A total of 24.1 Billion shares exchanged at hands and its average trading volume is standing at 19.49 Million shares.

Suspected thief gets stuck in takeaway extractor fan
A burglar had to be rescued by police during a break-in - after he got stuck in a window for five hours. What an absolute plonker.' Lisa Foster wrote: 'Bet he felt like an absolute idiot.

How Devon Energy Stock Reacted to Positive 3Q17 Earnings Surprise
Janus Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of Devon Energy Corporation by 408.1% in the first quarter. Among 23 analysts covering Ross Stores Inc. 1 is equivalent to a buy rating, 3 a hold rating, and 5 a sell rating.

FL Sells 4182 Shares of Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)
The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $0.72 by $0.12. Headlines about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern.

What Are Analysts Report About Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (EVHC)
Envision Healthcare Corporation accounts for 3.0% of Reinhart Partners Inc.'s holdings, making the stock its 5th largest holding. The total amount of shares outstanding is 120.47 million, giving the company a market capitalization of about 3.28 billion.

Off-duty DC police officer shot and killed in Baltimore
Police said he was sitting in a stopped auto on the 2800 square of Elgin Avenue with a 43-year-old lady when he was shot. Detectives found a woman inside a vacant house on the 700 block of Mura St., with a gunshot wound to her upper body.

Tamar Braxton's Mother Indicates That Vincent Herbert Is Abusive
She even indicated that Herbert had been violent towards Braxton, and she wants it to stop, immediately. Last month, Tamar filed for divorce from her husband/manager after almost a decade of marriage.

Brady secretly buried at sea
Brady's ashes were then placed in a weighted biodegradable urn, driven to Liverpool Marina and dispatched at sea at 02:30 BST. The Moors Murderer died from natural causes, aged 79, in May and he was cremated without ceremony on Wednesday October 25.

49ers receiver Pierre Garcon out with a neck injury
What will be interesting to monitor during the offseason is how Garcon, now a bit older, recovers from such a devastating injury. Garcon, who signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract in March, leads the 49ers with 40 catches for 500 yards.

Iheanacho: Leicester Wanted Three Points At Difficult Stoke
Geoff Cameron is not ready to return after concussion but veterans Peter Crouch and Glen Johnson are both available again. He always gets himself in a good position and he understood what was required.