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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