In a new study it has been found that bypass surgery is more effective than either stents or angioplasty. This major study of voer 1800 patients in Europe and the U.S. found that after three years, people who received stents were 46 percent more likely to have a repeat procedure and 22 percent more likely to die.
Dr. Michael Mack, first vice president of the Thoracic Surgeons, is a co-author of the study that was presented at the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. This study, called “Synergy between Percutaneous Coronary Intervention with Taxus and Cardiac Surgery” is the fist large trial to compare stents and coronary-artery bypass grafts (CABG). Over 85 centers in Europe and the United States were involved.
Per the National Center for Health Statistics, every year 448,000 Americans undergo a bypass and over 1.3 million Americans undergo angioplasty.