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Is Bypass Truly Better than Stenting?
Date:2/18/2009

atients."

Another report in the same issue of the journal affirmed the finding of a major study done two years ago that drug therapy was as effective alone as with stenting for people treated for heart attacks days or weeks after they occurred.

The new study, by physicians at Duke University, found that stenting did produce some temporary improvement in the quality of life but that the long-term benefits did not differ from those of drug treatment alone.

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The Cleveland Clinic has more on coronary artery disease.



SOURCES: David R. Holmes Jr., M.D., professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minn.; L. Davis Hillis, M.D., chairman, department of medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas; March 5, 2009, New England Journal of Medicine


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