The COURAGE Trial Aftermath – No Change in Practice

Merrill Goozner

First published 5/11/11 on Gooz News

The COURAGE trial, announced with great fanfare in 2007, showed giving drugs and counseling to people with stable coronary artery disease was just as effective in reducing heart attacks, strokes and early death as subjecting patients to balloon angioplasty and inserting stents, which are far more expensive procedures than giving drugs. And how did the nation’s cardiologists respond to this startling news, which, if you were a cardiologist, you had to be living in Abbottabad to miss? A study in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association showed (from MedPage Today):

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