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Review: 141 patients got unnecessary heart stents



Medical reviews at Westmoreland Hospital have determined two cardiologists implanted coronary stents in at least 141 patients who may not have needed them, the Tribune-Review has learned. Two teams that included nationally recognized interventional cardiologists determined that 141 patients in 2010 may not have had enough blockage in their arteries to need a stent, according to a letter from the hospital expected to be delivered to the affected patients this week. The hospital is now reviewing the two doctors' 2009 cases and is expected to know the results by May. None of the 141 identified patients is believed to have been harmed, but the hospital is offering counseling and free medical care to all of them as a precaution.
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