New study casting doubt on conventional medical treatments of heart disease

Major lifestyle changes and medication were found to be just as effective as stents or bypass surgery.
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Turning to major health news a massive new study casting doubt on decades of traditional medical wisdom about treating some kinds of heart disease. Jen Ashton joins us from Massachusetts. Explain to us what the study tells us. This is a major headline in the world of cardiology coming out of their world clinical meeting going on in Philadelphia. It asks the question about this ongoing debate in certain patients, which is the preferred treatment stents or surgery versus medical management. They looked at high risk patients, those with moderate to severe coronary artery disease who were not having chest pain. Then they divided them. One group got stents or surgery plus medication, the other group just medication and lifestyle modification. They found that medication and behavioral change was as effective as the more invasive. I want to be crystal clear. Stents save lives in the setting of an acute heart attack. This study will hopefully allow doctors to feel more comfortable managing patients and could save over $500 million a year. What about people that say we're too reliant on drugs? There's a difference between prevention and treatment. Statins are the main stay in treating coronary artery disease. We have to remember lifestyle modifications very effective in preventing heart disease and you need them both. Dr. Jen Ashton good to have you. Thank you.

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