Studies question methods for heart bypass, angioplasty

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April 5, 2011
The Associated Press    
Posted in News, PND News

"Two new studies could change care for hundreds of thousands of heart patients each year. One finds that bypass surgery has been overrated for many people with very weak hearts from clogged arteries and previous heart attacks. The other challenges the way artery-opening procedures have been done for decades. It was the first big test of doing balloon angioplasty to clear heart arteries through an arm instead of a leg. Complications were fewer with the arm method, and at hospitals that did this more often, deaths, heart attacks, and other big problems were lower, too." (04/05/11)  


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