Crimes of the Heart


The Bloomberg News series "Crimes of the Heart" probes the unnecessary use of cardiac stents in the U.S., revealing rising reports of deaths and injuries, and detailing the fraud and financial incentives that have promoted more stenting surgery. Stents have been used to prop open the arteries of about 7 million Americans in the past decade at a cost of more than $110 billion. At least a million of these recipients didn’t need the tiny metal mesh tubes to treat their stable heart disease, according to medical researchers. They are living with risks of blood clots, bleeding and new blockages from the unneeded implants. Bloomberg used thousands of pages of court and regulatory records and interviews with dozens of cardiologists and patients to identify the victims and put a human face on a little-examined health hazard.

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