Heart Stents Are Useless for Most Stable Patients. They’re Still Widely Used
There are many medical procedures may result in the need for an attorney, because of the variety of possible complications. Many people see heart stents, which are mesh tubes that are inserted into arteries that supply the heart in order to hold them open and increase blood flow for the purpose of treating angina, as very useful.
However, recent evidence, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA Internal Medicine, shows otherwise and shows that they may indeed be more of a legal risk than a medical benefit.
The doctors who put in these heart stents have seen their patients reported feeling better and appeared to be healthier. However, in recent years, studies have been done showing patients who have heart conditions, but are in a relatively stable state, were not actually at a lower risk of death after a heart stent had been placed. However, a number of cardiologists were still arguing that stents were improving the pain of their patients and their quality of life, which was a reason why they should continue to be instituted despite their lack of positive effect on ultimate outcomes.
It had been unclear whether the effect of the stents on quality of life was due to the stents themselves or the placebo effect, but a study was done with results being published this year showing heart stents made no difference in a patient’s pain level during exercise, which is a good measure of whether they would make a difference at all.
Essentially, stents are a good example of the placebo effect, which while very powerful, is not considered to be a good justification for an invasive treatment.
If you have had an issue with a heart stent that you feel warrants some sort of legal action, you should contact a skilled and experienced attorney, such as Kenneth J Bush Law PA. Kenneth J Bush Law PA will be able to answer questions you may have about your situation and will be able to provide you with the assistance you need.