Study: Medication effective for stable heart patients


February 28, 2012 12:51:53 PM PST
A new study finds that treating stable heart patients with medication works just as well as opening blocked heart arteries with a stent.

The finding adds to growing evidence that less invasive, less costly drug treatments work as well as implanting a medical device in such patients.

Scientists say stents are still the preferred treatment in patients rushed to the hospital with an acute heart attack.

Critics of the study in the Annals of Internal Medicine say the study used old data that is not reliable.