Although elective stenting sometimes draws scrutiny, the treatment results in a better quality of life for many patients, according to SCAI President Dr. Ted Bass. "Stenting abuse is by no means the norm," according to this article, which chronicles the stories of some heart patients whose cases have drawn criticism that elective stenting carries high costs and risks without benefiting patients. However, the COURAGE trial, often cited by stenting critics, found elective stents more effective at immediately relieving angina than drugs and lifestyle changes, and ACC President Dr. John Harold said "real-world clinical practice" and additional data have called into question some of the findings regarding the number of patients who could be treated with medical therapy and lifestyle changes alone.

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