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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Good News, (Bad News)

The number of emergency coronary artery bypasses done following angioplasty has dropped over the past 25 years. No surprise as the interventionalists get better at the procedure.
"Our review of almost 25 years of data on angioplasty suggests that there has been a dramatic reduction of almost 90 percent in the incidence of coronary artery bypass graft surgery following angioplasty; and this is despite the fact that more recently we are performing angioplasty on very high risk patients," said Mandeep Singh, M.D., F.A.C.C., from the Mayo College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

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