When you visit a doctor, you probably just ASSume that the treatment you receiving is backed by evidence from medical research. Surely, the drug you’re prescribed or the surgery you’ll undergo wouldn’t be so common if it didn’t work, right? Well unfortunately, it is distressingly ordinary for patients to get treatments that research has shown are ineffective or even dangerous.
News Flash: High blood pressure medicine (e.g., Atenolol) does not reduce heart attacks or deaths! Patients on blood pressure medicine simply have better blood-pressure numbers when they die! Doh! And that's also similarly true about statin drugs and cholesterol levels, etc.
In general, “nobody that’s not having a heart attack needs a stent, although stents may improve chest pain in some patients," says Dr. Brown. Nonetheless, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of "stable patients" receive unnecessary stents every year... and a whopping 1 in 50 of them will suffer a serious complication or die as a result of the implantation or procedure.