Study: PCI heart procedure only eases pain

September 8, 2010 9:48:37 AM PDT
Patients who sign up for a common procedure to clean out blocked arteries in the heart often believe they are cutting their risk of heart attack when in fact they are not.

That's the conclusion of a new survey from a Massachusetts hospital.

During the procedure, called percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI, patients often receive stents to help keep the artery open.

But in patients with stable chest pain due to narrowed arteries in the heart the only benefit is to ease the pain.

The study is in the latest edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine.