Bypass surgery better than angioplasty in people with diabetes and heart disease, from the April 2013 Harvard Heart Letter

Published: April, 2013

Diabetes and heart disease often go hand in hand. A big unanswered question for people who have both conditions is what procedure is best for severely blocked coronary arteries. The answer is bypass surgery, explains the April 2013 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.

Results from the Future Revascularization Evaluation in People with Diabetes Mellitus (FREEDOM) trial showed that among people with diabetes and heart disease, rates of heart attack and death were lower five years after coronary artery bypass surgery than after artery-opening angioplasty plus stenting.

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