Angioplasty no more effective than drugs: study

Angioplasty, a common medical procedure that unblocks clogged arteries, is no more effective than a regime combining drugs and lifestyle changes in patients with heart disease, suggests a landmark study that challenges the popular practice.

In less threatening cases, the use of angioplasty and stents to open partially locked arteries should be considered only after medication, diet, and exercises regimes, according to the major new study.

The surprising findings, revealed at the American Cardiology Conference in New Orleans on Monday, are expected to fuel a heated debate between cardiologists who encourage long-term approaches and those who favour angioplasties and stent insertions. Read More…


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