The fact that stent manufacturers have been encouraging doctors to implant them in patients and that some doctors have complied is even more concerning in light of a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine. You can read more about the report here, but we’ll highlight the basic points here.
Stents and angioplasties can be of great benefit for patients with heart problems, but they can also lead to complications and problems of their own. Conducting some of these unnecessary procedures might be understandable if it was difficult to tell which patients would benefit from them and which wouldn’t. However, a simple blood flow test is available to determine whether a stent is necessary or if other treatments such as medication can take care of the problem.
Make sure you ask questions if a doctor recommends a stent implant to make sure it’s necessary. If you’ve had a stent procedure, visit our Website to be connected with a medical malpractice attorney in your area who can advise you.