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Why Don’t Americans Know About This Important Heart Saving Procedure?

Heart Saving Procedure

Every minute in the United States, someone dies from cardiovascular disease. Yet a new survey conducted by the Harris Poll reveals that only slightly more than half (57%) of adults know heart disease is the leading killer of Americans. The survey shows that most consumers know what a heart attack is and recognize that clogged arteries can lead to heart attacks.


Why Don't Americans Know About This Important Heart Saving Procedure?


What they don’t know much about, according to the survey, is the most common way to treat coronary artery disease. Stents are used to open up blocked arteries ensuring that they remain propped open and can deliver blood to the heart for life. But the survey found that most adults are unsure about how coronary stents work or for how long.

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Vast majorities know about medicines (cholesterol, anticoagulants, blood pressure) that help treat CAD

  • One out of every three people are not familiar with surgical procedures such as coronary bypass (open heart surgery), balloon angioplasty or coronary stenting
  • Only one quarter of those familiar with coronary stenting know that some stents release medicine that helps prevent future blockages
  • This lack of knowledge is particularly troublesome since there is a huge focus on education during American Heart Month (February), designed to improve understanding of heart disease.

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The survey also pointed out differing levels of stent knowledge based on gender:

  • Only 27% of men and 19% of women correctly noted stents can gradually release medicine into the vessel
  • Only 40% of men and 31% of women knew they were placed in the blood vessels outside of the heart – opposed to in the heart itself

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Dr. Alpesh Shah, an interventional cardiologist at Houston Methodist Hospital, joined me to share more about the survey results. He also discussed the role of stents and why it’s important for people to know what they are and how they work.


For more information, visit: www.Bostonscientific.com/SynergyPatient



Meet Our Guest:

Alpesh R. Shah, MD is a practicing Interventional Cardiologist and Associate Professor at Houston Methodist Hospital in Pearland, Texas, where he performs a wide array of interventional cardiology procedures, with expertise in novel stent implants. Immediately prior, Dr. Shah was in single specialty cardiology practice and served as Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Director at Brazosport Memorial Hospital, Lake Jackson, Texas. Dr. Shah graduated from Baroda Medical College in Baroda, India in 1993. He completed his internal medicine residency at Jacobi Medical Center’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1996. He also completed fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology in 1999 and 2000, at St. Vincent’s Hospital with New York Medical College and at Methodist Hospital with Baylor College of Medicine, respectively. Dr. Shah is an associate fellow member of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Coronary Angiography and Interventions. He received the distinguished physician award at Houston Methodist Hospital in 2011.

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