No Major Benefits From Choosing Angioplasty, Drug Treatment

August 14, 2008

A new study has found that there are no differences in terms of the long-term benefits received from drug treatment, compared to angioplasty (stent surgery)...........Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study has found that there are no differences in terms of the long-term benefits received from drug treatment, compared to angioplasty (stent surgery).

This new study was led by Dr. William S. Weibtraub, chief of cardiology at the Christiana Health Care System in Delaware, and was called COURAGE.

The trial compared angioplasty against drug treatment, on a total of 2,287 people, who all had stable coronary disease.

What they found over time was that in the short-term benefits, angioplasty provided a higher quality of life.

In the long-term though, there was no difference in the quality of life from either treatment.

Researchers have stated that for people with stable heart disease, drug treatment may be the better choice.

The study has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


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