Features July 2007 Issue

Stenting or Bypass—Which is Right for You?

Knowing which intervention is best for your condition may improve your odds of survival and reduce the need for a follow-up.

If you have coronary artery disease (CAD), you eventually may need angioplasty with stenting or bypass surgery to improve blood flow to your heart. Despite a common misconception that angioplasty is simply a minimally invasive alternative to open heart surgery, the two procedures are fundamentally different. Clinical trials and real-life experience have shown that either one may be the better choice, depending on the patientís specific condition.

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