Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Unneeded Stent Procedures in Westmoreland a National Epidemic

Westmoreland residents that received unneeded cardiac stents from Westmoreland Hospital under the recommendation of Dr. Ehab Morcos and/or George Bousamra will be interested to read this article from the Wall Street Journal titled HeartTreatment Overused. The following are a few of the key points from the article:
  1. Angioplasty and cardiac stent procedures cost close to $20,000 a pop which may explain some doctors interest in performing the procedures more often than is medically necessary.
  2. 30% of the stent procedures performed on patients in Westmoreland and across the country are done on stable patients who are suffering mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Of those, the article states, 50% are deemed appropriate, 38% uncertain and 12% inappropriate.
  3. A 2007 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine titled The Courage study, which tracked 2,287 patients for five years, showed stents weren't any better than a cocktail of medicines to treat patients suffering from chronic but stable chest pain.
  4. The extent of unneeded cardiac stent procedures varied widely among hospitals across the United States with some hospitals being found to have rates of unnecessary stent procedures as high as 40% to 50%.
The litigation related to Excela Westmoreland Hospital and Drs. Morcos and Bousamra is just starting to heat up in Western Pennsylvania. If you received a letter of apology from Excela Westmoreland Hospital or believe you received a cardiac stent unnecessarily, you are encouraged to talk with an attorney to learn about your rights. Read some of my other articles on the Westmoreland Hospital Unnecessary Stent litigation at More Patients Identified, Risks of Unneeded Cardiac Stents, Unneeded Medical Procedures. Share this post :
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