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Bypass and Angioplasty Investigation (BARI) puts polymerase transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) on equal footing

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Almost 90% of severe heart disease patients survive at least five years after PTCA or bypass surgery but bypass gives the greatest short-term improvement in quality of life, according to follow-up data from BARI (Bypass and Angioplasty Investigation). The study, presented at the AHA annual meeting (Anaheim, California. November 13th-16th) also confirmed previous research which has shown higher mortality for diabetics on drug treatment after PTCA (see table).

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