John Keaney explains former president’s heart procedure in Boston Herald

By Lisa M. Larson

UMass Medical School Communications

August 07, 2013

John F. Keaney, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in the Aug. 7 Boston Herald on why some patients opt for having a stent implanted without having had a heart attack. Former President George W. Bush underwent the procedure to treat a blocked artery in his heart.

Dr. Keaney said some patients choose the stent over medications to avoid the side effects of some drugs.

“He may not want to take a lot of medications because he does not want the side-effects they bring, which could leave him too weak to continue his activities,” Keaney told the Herald.

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