Bypass better than stenting for diabetics?

Published: April, 2013

The surgery can be a better option for some with this condition.

For people who have both diabetes and several blocked heart arteries, bypass surgery (rerouting blood flow around a clogged artery) may have a better result than stenting (widening a heart artery by inserting a wire mesh tube called a stent near the blockage). A study published in a recent issue of The New England Journal of Medicine found that bypass surgery resulted in fewer heart attacks and deaths than stenting. Bypass also reduced the likelihood of return trips to the hospital to fix new blockages.

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