Surgery or Angioplasty? New scale helps physicians choose best heart treatment

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DALLAS, Feb. 8 - A new rating scale can help physicians predict whether patients will feel better if their clogged heart arteries are opened non-surgically or with a major bypass operation, researchers report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

"Although both angioplasty and bypass surgery can improve blood flow to patients' hearts, the principal limitation of angioplasty is a 'reclogging' or 'restenosis' after the procedure.

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