WALTER M. GERHOLD, M.D.
To the editor: As a physician practicing general internal medicine and referring many patients for coronary angiography and subsequent surgery, I want to comment on the editorial about surgical and medical treatment for angina pectoris (1). I believe that controlled studies using patients who already have had a myocardial infarction to decide between medical treatment or surgical intervention in angina are inadequate. The goal of any therapy has to be the preservation of an intact myocardium for the normal lifespan of the patient, and not only to relieve the pain or enable the patient to walk two blocks without symptoms
GERHOLD WM. Surgery for Angina Pectoris. Ann Intern Med. ;103:477–478. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-3-477_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(3):477-478.
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