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Cardiologists rush to angioplasty despite evidence for value of drugs
Los Angeles Times

You can lead a cardiologist to water but, apparently, you cannot make him drink.

Despite the results of a recent major clinical trial that demonstrated conclusively that good medical therapy is just as effective as balloon angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery for treating stable coronary disease, fewer than half of cardiologists use such therapy before subjecting their patients to the much more expensive surgical intervention, researchers said this week.