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Bypass grafts protect diabetic patients better than angioplasty

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 15 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1029
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    People with diabetes who have coronary artery disease fare much better after bypass surgery than after balloon angioplasty, according to a new report.

    A second report, based on the same study as the first report, found that diabetic patients taking medication who have had coronary bypass surgery are more likely to survive a subsequent heart attack than arediabetic patients who have undergone angioplasty instead.

    The results given in both reports come from the bypass angioplasty revascularisation investigation (BARI), a 13 year study of patients randomly assigned to undergo either bypass surgery or angioplasty.

    Researchers had previously reported that five years after treatment the survival rate was similar for both types of treatment. But …

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