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"New hope for sick hearts"

Toronto Star

Source: Toronto Star

Published: 15 Feb 2022

Category: Surgical Procedure

Rating: (1½ stars)

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What better day to mend a broken heart.
And what better way to do it than with an operation that's a North American first - one that could lead to significantly improved treatment of coronary disease for millions across the continent in coming years.
With Celia Lectora's Valentine's Day surgery at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital yesterday, doctors here began clinical trials on a new type of arterial "stent" - a tiny, tubular device that will not only keep blocked coronary vessels propped open, but will also grow passageways made of living tissue for blood to flow through.
"I feel so privileged, so humbled to be the first," Lectora, 41, said prior to an 80-minute operation that implanted the pioneering stent into her badly blocked heart artery.
"And you could hardly miss the significance of the day. I'm getting a stronger, happier heart on February 14th." ....

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how did it rate? (more information)

Criteria Rating
Total Score 3 of 10
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Availability of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Not Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Evidence Not Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Sources of Information Not Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)

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This story is based on one patient receiving a new stent coated with antibodies. No evidence is presented to support the claims made of benefit vs other standard stents used. The source of information is from the person who designed the stent and not from independent sources. The outcome following the patient receiving a new stent ideally needs to be evaluated after several weeks or months after the procedure.

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