I have a friend who had a blocked cardiac artery.Â A couple of years ago he had angioplasty on it, and his doctor inserted stents.Â The stents got rid of his chest pain and other symptoms, but didnâ€™t do anything to get at the underlying cause of the blockage, which had to do with an unhappy combination of genetics and a â€“- perfectly admirable â€“- taste for rich, fatty foods. Like steak.Â (More on that in a moment.)
Before having the procedure, his doctors spent a lot of time with him explaining what the surgery would and wouldnâ€™t do.Â In particular, the doctors explained that the stents would do their job, but he had to do his.Â He needed to eat better, exercise more, and take his medications.Â Heâ€™s followed most of that advice, and is doing well.
Unfortunately, his experience is not typical.Â A recently published study found that more than 80 percent of patients who had gotten angioplasty and stents thought they were alone a cure for their problems.
These patients are wrong. So how can it be that they are coming to this strange conclusion? According to some, itâ€™s the doctorsâ€™ fault. Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at See First Blog*