Health Care

Heart study casts further doubt on stents, bypass

A surgery room.
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A new study suggests stents and bypass operations may be unnecessary or premature for people with severe but stable heart disease.

Why it matters: "The results challenge medical dogma and call into question some of the most common practices in heart care," the AP reports.

More older Americans rely on Medicare and Medicaid

Data: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Retirement in America is growing less secure, physically and financially, given the omnipresent threat and cost of serious illness or disease.

Why it matters: Qualifying for Medicare does not guarantee that older adults will skirt potentially ruinous medical bills. Millions of seniors have also come to rely on the taxpayer-funded program for lower income people — Medicaid — and there's no indication that will slow down.