Friday, March 30, 2007

Angioplasty vs. Optimal Medical Treatment?

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- More than half a million people a year with chest pain are getting an unnecessary or premature procedure to unclog their arteries because drugs are just as effective, suggests a landmark study that challenges one of the most common practices in heart care.
• Angioplasty no more effective than drug therapy in reducing chest pain
• Angioplasty didn't save lives or prevent heart attacks in non-emergencies
• Only one-third of people treated with drugs later needed angioplasty, bypass
These results were presented at this years ACC meeting.
The study will be published in the April 12th issue of NEJM, so stay tuned!
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