Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (cont.)

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How do CABG surgery and angioplasty (PTCA) compare?

Ongoing studies are comparing the treatment results of angioplasty (PTCA) versus bypass (CABG surgery) in patients who are candidates for either procedure. Both procedures are very effective in reducing angina symptoms, preventing heart attacks, and reducing death. Many studies have either shown similar benefits or slight advantage to CABG (primarily in severe diabetics). The best choice for an individual patient is best made by their cardiologist, surgeon, and primary doctor.

References: American Heart Association, "Open-Heart Surgery Statistics"

Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease

REFERENCES: American Heart Association, "Open-Heart Surgery Statistics"


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/5/2014

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