Harvard Heart Letter
Opening up arteries to treat stable angina: Just a sham?
A study questioned the benefit of stents for some heart patients. What does this mean for people with chest pain? Last fall, many news outlets highlighted a study suggesting that a common heart procedure — inserting a stent to open a narrowed heart artery — was no better than a sham procedure (see “Stent vs. sham: A short summary”). But the big picture isn’t quite so simple.