Category Archives: Angioplasty

Angioplasty Special: Get it while it’s hot!

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Hammers and nails

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying that, To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. It couldn’t be truer than in heart procedures (the man with the hammer) and heart disease (the nail). What does it … Continue reading

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Drive-by angioplasty

Don had an angioplasty 6 months ago. When asked about the symptoms that prompted him to go to the hospital, he explained: “I remember feeling really tired for about a week before I went. I’d read that fatigue can sometimes … Continue reading

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The party’s over

A good number of cardiology colleagues are vigorously bashing the outcome of the COURAGE Trial. Recall that COURAGE is the large clinical trial recently released that showed that, in people with stable angina (chest pains), people did equally well with … Continue reading

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Optimal medical therapy

I was re-reading some of the details behind the recently announced COURAGE Trial comparing angioplasty/stent in 1100 people compared to “optimal” medical therapy in another 1100. You’ll recall that no difference was found. In particular, over approximately 5 years, 20% … Continue reading

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COURAGE to do better

The results of the long-awaited COURAGE Trial were announced today at the American College of Cardiology meetings in New Orleans. In this trial, 2200 participants with stable coronary disease (i.e., not unstable, in which heart attack or death is imminent) … Continue reading

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