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Small foundation tackles inappropriate angioplasty, other evidence-based medical issues

TheHeart.org wrote about the Parsemus Foundation, a small not-for-profit pushing for appropriate use of angioplasty.

Read the full article for background.

But soak in the visual impact of a poster the Foundation created to make their point. As you’ll read in the article above, the sledge-hammer message doesn’t sit well with all doctors. But Elaine Lissner, who started the family-run foundation, defends it based on her father’s experience with heart disease treatment (explained in more detail in the story above):

“After the experience with my father, I wanted to know about how we could get this information out. Medicare is spending a lot of money on these procedures, some of which patients might not need.”

Parsemus Fdn angioplasty poster.jpg

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Carolyn Thomas

July 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

Brilliant illustration – thanks for sharing this with us.
But did you read the Forbes piece this week in which Larry Husten also takes aim at Parsemus, essentially accusing the small foundation, as did Ajay Kirtane in theheart.org post, of conflict-of-interest non-disclosure?
“Turns out that the ‘Less Is More’ series in Archives of Internal Medicine is supported by a $50,000 grant from a small nonprofit organization, the Parsemus Foundation. A story in TheHeart.org, an online source of information for cardiologists published by WebMD, quotes Dr. Arjay Kirtane, a cardiologist at Columbia University, in New York, who takes offense at the idea of a medical journal taking money from a foundation.” It’s at http://blogs.forbes.com/larryhusten/2011/07/23/less-may-be-more-but-stents-are-neither-good-nor-bad/