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Heart Attack Survivors Get Unnecessary Treatment, Study Finds

Doctors aren’t following national guidelines for treating heart attack survivors, according to a study that found many receive an artery-clearing procedure even though previous research shows it offers no benefit.

The analysis of 28,780 patient visits at 896 hospitals found about 53 percent underwent the procedure to restore blood flow to the heart through a blocked artery that caused a heart attack more than 24 hours earlier. The approach often uses a device known as a stent sold by Boston Scientific Corp., Medtronic Inc. or Abbott Laboratories to hold open the artery.