What treatment for a heart blockage is best?

Dr T Ask Doctor T, Cardiac Risks, Treatment 1 Comment

Question: I have been advised by my primary physician to schedule a cardiac catherization and possible stent placement procedure after having a Nuclear Stress Test with the following “Findings: The study quality is excellent. There is no transient LV ischemic dilatation noted. The left ventricular chamber dimensions are normal. There is a mild to moderately reduced perfusion defect of moderate …

Stenting in other arteries

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I just learned about a snag. Somebody commented after completion of one of the questionnaires on my website:  “my step sister has multiple stents in the femoral arteries in the legs and is currently experiencing great pain in the leg again. The ultrasound shows the stent is intact and working properly.” This website is of course about coronary artery, not …

Point-Counter Point

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Two new articles, published in the July edition of Clinical Research in Cardiology, provide a point-counter point perspective by cardiac surgeons and cardiologists. In them, the proponents used the SYNTAX trial to argue their points. Not surprisingly, the authors reached opposite conclusions. Now, how is that possible? In “Patients should be operated!” Reichenspurner and colleagues argue that “…clinical trials, both …