Study: PCI heart procedure only eases pain

September 8, 2010

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.

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