18 March 2015
Research has suggested that heart bypass surgery is far more effective than modern stents for reducing heart problems. These findings support previous studies, which have indicated that patients with multiple narrowed arteries have better outcomes with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or heart bypass surgery, than with angioplasty.
Presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session, the findings revealed that angioplasty patients with the new stents had a 47 per cent higher risk of either death, heart attack or having to have another procedure to clear blocked arteries. This was compared to patients who received bypass, where a vein or artery from elsewhere in the body is grafted onto a narrowed coronary artery to allow improved blood flow to the heart.
Dr Seung-Jung Park, a cardiologist at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, and lead author of the study, said CABG is still the preferred option for multivessel disease.
"We had thought that previous trials may have been limited by their use of first-generation drug-eluting stents, but these results show CABG still leads to better outcomes."
Posted by Edward Bartel
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