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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bypass Surgery Better Than Stents For Diabetic Heart Patients


Those with diabetes who have clogged heart arteries are better served by bypass surgery than stents, which prop open blood vessels, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (November 5).


The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, noted a lower combined rate of heart attacks, strokes and death (18.7%) for the bypass group, as opposed to rate of 26.6% for the stent group. A total of 1,900 patients were included in the study.

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