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Angioplasty is cheaper than surgery and is just as effective

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 28 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:672
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Percutaneous coronary intervention, also known as angioplasty, is as effective as coronary artery bypass grafting in treating patients with refractory angina who are at high risk of adverse outcomes, a new US study has concluded. It found that over five years angioplasty is nearly 20% cheaper.

    An earlier study had randomised high risk patients with medically refractory myocardial ischaemia—a group of patients who have largely been excluded from previous trials—to urgent revascularisation with either angioplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting.

    Results for the 454 patients, who were recruited from 16 medical centres of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, showed that survival at three years …

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