Heart Beat April 2008 Issue

Heart Beat: 04/08

There appears to be little difference in long-term cognitive function after either stenting or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), according to the results of a study presented at the American Neurological Association in January. The finding is based on a six-year study of 152 patients whose coronary artery disease (CAD) was treated with CABG and 92 CAD patients treated with stents to keep narrowed arteries open. Two types of mental exams were administered to participants in both groups and the results were almost identical. Researchers say the study results should help patients realize that the potential for long-term cognitive decline after CABG should not be a consideration in deciding how to treat CAD.

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