Study: Drugs as beneficial as surgery for first-time heart patients

03/16/2005 | Reuters

Patients suffering their first heart attacks who are given aspirin and other drugs rather than having heart bypass surgery or other invasive procedures fare just as well, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A seven-year study found Medicare patients suffering their first heart attacks had comparable survival rates whether subjected to surgery or given aspirin, anti-clotting and high blood-pressure drugs, as long as the care was carefully managed.

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