Study Shows Little Benefit of Bypass Surgery for Heart Failure

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New research shows that survival rates are not better than those taking pills to fight risks from high blood pressure and cholesterol.

New research has cast doubt on the benefits of bypass surgery for many patients with very weak hearts. Doctors claim the operation did not improve survival rates for those already taking medicines to control risks like high cholesterol and blood pressure.

 

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Miniature ‘Egg Whisk’ Pump Allows At-Risk Patients To Have Heart Surgery

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A miniature ‘egg whisk’ pump has been pioneered by a British doctor to help the heart pump blood round the body during life-saving surgery.  The pump, which rotates faster than a high-speed food blender, allows patients with weak hearts to have an artery unblocked without the risk of kidney failure or cardiac arrest.

 

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Angioplasty Through The Wrist

Angioplasty Through The Wrist 

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The best path to a clogged heart may be through the wrist. About a million artery-clearing angioplasties are performed in the United States each year, and the usual route is to thread a tube to the heart through an artery in the groin.

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