Another study suggests that a common surgery may be unnecessary. More than half a million people a year with chest pain are getting a procedure that may be unnecessary to unclog their arties. A recent landmark study suggests that most angioplasties are unneeded because drugs are just as effective. The results of the study found that angioplasty did not save lives or prevent heart attacks. Moreover, angioplasty only gave slight and temporary relief from chest pain. So why are doctors recommending this unnecessary surgery? While we do not have a definitive answer, it is known that an angioplasty costs roughly $40,000 while the drugs used in the study are all available in generic form.
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