Are stents better for blocked arteries than medications and a healthy lifestyle?
Angina, stroke and other vascular conditions are often caused by atherosclerosis ('arteriosclerosis') and treated by stenting, where doctors open up a blocked artery in the heart by inserting a sliver of metal into the artery to keep it open. However, there are allegations that far too many stents are being put in when medications and lifestyle changes could do the job just as well if not better.
Norman Swan speaks to leading cardiologist Associate Professor David Playford about treating the person rather than the artery. From the Tonic series produced with the assistance of NPS MedicineWise.
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