Medication can work as well as stents for certain heart patients, we hear from Justin E. Davies, MBBS, PhD. When people in good general health have stable angina caused by a  single blocked artery, drug therapy alone may provide relief, adding a stent (a small wire-mesh tube) requires hospitalization and may not bring added relief.

But stents may have a place in patients who don’t tolerate medications.

Source: Bottom Line Personal January 2018 Justin E. Davies, MBBS, PhD, is a senior research fellow at Imperial College London, UK and leader of a clinical trial of 230 coronary patients with severe single-vessel blockages, published in The Lancet.

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