(PHILADELPHIA) -- A new study from the University of Pennsylvania found that while the rate of bypass surgeries decreased by more than 30 percent from 2001 to 2008, the rates of angioplasty remained the same. Researchers say that these findings could be credited to improved preventive treatments for cholesterol and high blood pressure, as well as better stents.
Artery bypass and angioplasty, a procedure that restores blood flow through a blocked artery, are the two most common major medical procedures provided by the U.S. health care system to fix blood flow blockage in the heart.
The researchers’ findings are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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