To stent or not to stent?
The research has been out but some physicians still wish to stent. The occluded artery trial study showing that late stenting of infarct-related arteries in acute MI does not reduce the risk of death, reinfarction, or heart failure when compared with optimal medical therapy.
If a patient is stable with no symptoms there should be no intervention no stent. If patients are feeling angina then yes. It is meant to treat symptoms of coronary artery disease. However if you have had a heart attack opening up the artery may not be the best way to go. This is where medications and cardiac rehabilitation come into play. Lifestyle modication with stress management, exercise and nutrition will be the best way to treat coronary artery disease along with optimal medical and supplement therapy.