Charge nurse Eshter Marania checks on a patient at a hospital in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

To Stent Or Not To Stent, That Is In Question

New accusations that one of the nation’s largest hospital chains performed more than a thousand unnecessary heart procedures grabbed headlines this week, but the practice is far from unique in U.S. health care. A 2011 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that only half of 144,000 nonemergency heart catheterizations — typically the use […]