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2019-11-18 07:35 by Karl Denninger
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(Another) Many Billion Dollar SCAM
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And here 'ya go folks....

PHILADELPHIA — Stents and coronary artery bypass surgery are no more effective than intensive drug treatment and better health habits in preventing millions of Americans from heart attacks and death, a large study found, shedding new light on a major controversy in cardiology.

Read that.

Then read it again.

Bypass surgery and stents on non-acute patients do not keep you from dying.

They may well provide tangible, documented benefit if you're having a heart attack but if not, nope.  They do relieve symptoms in people with frequent angina (pain associated with a heart condition) but do not extend life.

The reason for that is not known but it might be because the pain, if you have it, tells you to slow the hell down where without it the damage has already been done and you push yourself further, which then leads to the "big one" and you die.

Is that the bottom line?  Don't know.  But it's entirely plausible.

Thus much I can tell you for certain -- there are plenty of cardiologists and hospitals that make billions a year performing procedures that now, statistically, are shown to be worthless in terms of their primary goal -- keeping you alive.

Leaving aside monopolist pricing issues performing procedures that have a risk of killing you outright which has no statistical improvement in your lifespan is flat-out nuts and can only have one word used to describe it: Extraction.

That ought to bring prison time, not profit.

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