by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY VOL. 84 , August 1, 1999
“Modern cardiology has given up on curing heart disease. Its aggressive interventions— coronary artery bypass graft, atherectomy, angioplasty, and stenting—do not reduce the frequency of new heart attacks or prolong survival except in small subsets of patients.1 For most patients these procedures do not treat life-threatening plaques.1,2 Thus, it is clear that the goal of cardiology has become the relief of pain and unpleasant symptoms in the face of progressive disability and often death from disease. It is time to call this approach by its true name: palliative cardiology. It is also time to acknowledge that this approach is not the only alternative for our patients.”
1. Forrester JS, Shah PK. Lipid lowering versus revascularization—an idea whose time for testing has come. Circulation 1997;96:1360–1362.