Angioplasty - Antioxidants

Angioplasty is a good way to open narrowed arteries in the heart. Unfortunately the arteries may narrow again in about six months.

The New England Journal of Medicine reports a study of the effect of antioxidants in preventing this re-narrowing .

The findings reveal that large doses of antioxidant multivitamins do not prevent the narrowing, but a powerful antioxidant medicine called probucal does slow the process.

Unfortunately, probucol also has some potentially dangerous side effects.

Doctors are on the right trail but haven't found the best answer yet.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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