Patients with diabetes who underwent successful percutaneous coronary intervention of chronic total occlusions between 1998 and 2007 had a 10.4% reduction in disease-related mortality and were 2.4% less likely to require coronary artery bypass grafting, a study in the American Journal of Cardiology revealed. Experts said more than 96% of diabetes patients also had stent implantation after successful CTO PCI.

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