Chest pain? Here's what you need to know about stents

You'd better stand back, because a $15 billion-a-year industry is about to come crashing down!

A major new study exposes the ugly truth about one of the most common procedures given to heart patients.

It's an operation that's performed about 1,500 times a day -- a DAY! -- in the United States and Europe. But it turns out that this entire industry is built on assumptions, exaggerations, and flat-out lies.

And now, even mainstream experts have been forced to admit this common procedure doesn't even work!

It's called a stent, and I'm sure you know a little something about it.

You probably know someone who has one. You might even have one yourself.

During a heart attack, there's no doubt about it: A stent can be a lifesaver.

But most of them aren't given in emergency, life-or-death situations. They're given to stable angina patients, too.

The procedure is supposed to improve the flow of blood to the heart and end the chest pain many heart patients with angina feel when they exert themselves or even just go out for a walk.

Now, the new study changes everything.

Patients with stable angina and chest pain on exertion were given either a stent or a procedure where they THOUGHT they were getting a stent.

Six weeks later, BOTH groups improved -- even the folks who had the fake procedure.

According to scans, the ones who had the operation did have better blood flow, but that didn't translate into better results. They didn't have less pain... they weren't able to tolerate more exertion... and they all had roughly the same improvements in activity levels.

In other words, this entire operation is nothing more than the placebo effect, at least when it comes to stable angina patients.

The results are so stunning -- and so conclusive -- that doctors and experts are calling for an immediate change to the guidelines that push stents on stable angina patients. Some docs aren't even waiting for new guidelines. They've said publicly that they're changing how they operate right now based on this study.

But if you have angina and are struggling with chest pain, it's not enough to do nothing.

You need a little more help.

Fortunately, I tackled this very problem last month in Health Revelations -- weeks before this study was published.

If you're a subscriber, you're already one big step ahead of the rest of the world!

The answer is a sugar-like molecule called D-ribose, which is proven to help angina patients get more activity with less chest pain.

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