Study: Try drugs before angioplasty for heart patients

03/26/2007 | NYTimes.com

Results from a major study indicate drugs rather than angioplasty should be the first choice in treating heart patients. The study showed angioplasty did not save lives or prevent heart attacks in non-emergency heart patients and provided only slight relief from chest pain. Only one-third of the study subjects treated with drugs ultimately needed angioplasty or a bypass.

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