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67 stents, 28 coronary angiograms, and a crippled healthcare systemNov 1, 2010 14:20 EDT
A recent case report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology of a 56-year-old patient with 67 stents and a history of 28 coronary angiograms is symbolic of a healthcare system that is barreling out of control fueled by outrageous costs and unbridled use of procedures.
Is this an example of appropriate standard of care? Should we be concerned that this case is indicative of a system that has lost its way?
Khouzam RN, Dahiya R, and Schwartz R. A heart with 67 stents. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010;56;1605. Abstract.