Posts Tagged ‘COURAGE’

May 11th, 2011

Optimal Medical Therapy and the Lack of COURAGE


We welcome William Borden and John Spertus to answer questions from CardioExchange Editor-in-Chief Harlan Krumholz about their JAMA paper showing that optimal medical therapy (OMT) for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) did not receive a meaningful boost from the publication of the COURAGE trial, despite the trial’s clear message showing the benefits of OMT. Using […]

September 8th, 2010

“Cath Lab, We Have A Problem”?

According to a recently published study, a huge disconnect apparently exists between patients’ and cardiologists’ beliefs about the benefits of PCI. The patients had been referred for coronary angiography and possible PCI, had discussed PCI with a physician, and had provided informed consent. Most patients (~88%) believed that PCI would reduce their risks of MI, whereas most […]

September 7th, 2010

Patients Still Overestimate Benefits of Elective PCI

Patients who undergo elective PCI continue to overestimate the procedure’s benefits, according to a small study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Michael Rothberg and colleagues surveyed 153 patients and 27 cardiologists at a single academic center and found that 88% of the patients thought PCI would reduce their risk for MI and 82% […]