Medications and other procedures are taking main stage as statistics begin to roll in...but the debate is still open...BD 

The approach the doctors used is derived from one of the most common procedures in medicine, coronary angioplasty, which is performed 650,000 to 1 million times a year in the USA alone. image

But for the first time, independent analyses performed at the request of USA TODAY suggest the meteoric rise of angioplasty during the past three decades has ended.

The research suggests angioplasty is used too often, and in many cases, the modest benefits don't justify the procedure's cost, which ranges from $10,000 to $12,000. The topic will be debated at the annual scientific session of the American College of Cardiology starting this weekend in Chicago.  "Angioplasty isn't going to make you live any longer. It won't decrease the risk of a heart attack. But it will decrease the likelihood of your having symptoms," Rich says.

ABC News: Angioplasty's Heyday May Be Over


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