Following CNN's broadcast of "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare," Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosted a special segment during which health care experts discussed some of the documentary's themes. Appearing with Steven Nissen, MD, MACC, SCAI President J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI discussed how stents are used in the treatment of heart disease. Dr. Marshall stressed that 70% of patients who receive stents are suffering heart attack, and that patients with stable heart disease whose symptoms are not resolved with lifestyle changes and medications experience improved quality of life after angioplasty and stenting. "My main point was that interventional cardiologists are delivering the right care to the right patient at the right time," said Dr. Marshall after the program aired. "The U.S. health care system is not perfect, but people come from all over the world to be treated here. As we work together to constantly improve health care, we need to preserve physicians' ability to focus on what is in the best interest of each patient." SCAI's ongoing media efforts helped position Dr. Marshall for this opportunity. Producers for CNN took note of Dr. Marshall after reading coverage in which he was quoted, including The Baltimore Sun and the recent Letter to the Editor he authored for The New York Times in October 2012. Watch the CNN segment.
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