LOS ANGELES-- New research shows that people with diabetes and
several clogged heart arteries fare better with bypass surgery instead
of having stents placed to prop open their blood vessels.
compared the treatments in a study of 1,900 diabetics and looked five
years later to see how many had suffered a heart attack, stroke or
death. Only 19% of the bypass group had, versus 27% of those given
People like this represent about one-fourth of all heart disease patients.
Results were discussed Sunday at an American Heart Association conference and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.