A group of researchers from America has some dreading news for people suffering from the heart disease. According to their study, they determined that a certain procedure used to relieve pain in these patients is useless and doesn’t help. The report was published on Wednesday last week. This study was based on the tiny wire cages that are used to open arteries that have blocked. The procedure is referred to as the insertion of stents. On the other hand, for patients facing a heart attack, the devices are said to be lifesaving. However, these devices have found their use in patients who have a blocked artery and those that are experiencing chest pains. For instance, the device can be used for people going up the stairs or climbing a hill. According to studies, patients have reported the occurrence of stents despite the absence of pain. At the moment, the leading killer in America is the heart disease with 790,000 people succumbing to the condition each year. Stenting has emerged as a mainstay treatment in many health facilities in America. Research has shown that on an annual basis, nearly 500,000 stents are inserted to patients around the globe. Going by other estimates, the figures are quite high.
This is a device that’s now being produced by several American firms such as Abbott Technologies, Medtronic and Boston Scientific. These are companies that insert the devices at a cost ranging from $11,000 to $41,000. The study that found out that these devices don’t help the patients was published by Lancet. The study has helped raise new questions whether the devices should be used at all for chest pain treatment. An interventional cardiologist known as Brahmajee K. Nallamothu says that the new study is very humbling for the doctors who have inserted the device to their patients. Mr. Nallamothu works at the University of Michigan. The study was also praised by a Stanford University cardiologist known as Dr. David Maron. He further said that the research had been well conducted. The only problem is that it left some questions without answers. The study was done on a group of 200 patients that had been mobilized by Dr. Justin E. Davis who works at the Imperial College of London as a cardiologist. The study was also carried for six weeks and involved drugs such as statin and aspirin. These are two drugs that are known to reduce the risk of a heart attack.