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Angioplasty No Better Than Drug Treatment in Long Run
Date:8/13/2008

ted a trial testing a new clot-preventing drug, bivalirudin, against heparin, the standard treatment, in PCI. The study of 4,570 persons having PCI found that bivalirudin did not provide a net clinical benefit, said a group headed by physicians in Germany.

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Angioplasty is explained by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.



SOURCES: William S. Weintraub, M.D., chief, cardiology, Christiana Health Care System, Newark, Del.; Eric D. Peterson, M.D., professor, medicine, Duke Clinical Research Unit, Durham, N.C.; Aug. 14, 2008, New England Journal of Medicine


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