Evidence against overtreatment of heart attacks
The Washington Post reports today on a new randomized trial showing that medication is as good as angioplasty with stenting in treating patients who are stable after a heart attack. Angioplasty is one of those expensive procedures that shows wide regional variation in use, begging questions about whether it's better to do a lot, or fewer. Now we have a better idea. I hope, though, that the study authors follow up and publish their findings in a peer-reviewed journal, so that everyone can have their own look at the data.
Not doing angioplasty could save a lot of money. So I wonder: is Medicare listening?