Study backs drug-coated stent as alternative to bypass surgery

08/20/2009 | Yahoo!

A 12-year study of 314 Polish patients found no difference in mortality rates between patients who received drug-coated stents and those who underwent bypass surgery to treat a blocked left main heart artery. "This, along with the other studies, is going to move the consensus over a bit, at least widening the group of patients eligible to have stenting as a reasonable alternative to bypass surgery," a medical professor and co-author of an accompanying editorial said.

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