Heart Disease Treatments

Some patients with heart disease have their blood supply improved thru bypass surgery and some by balloon angioplasty.

In the short run there are considerable differences between these groups in recovery time, freedom from heart pain and the need for other follow up procedures.

Now the Journal of the American Medical Association reports a study which shows no significant differences at five (5) years as far as quality of life is concerned.

But every case is different and one or the other method may still be best for any given patient.

Only the patient and the doctor can decide.

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