Wall Street Journal - "FREEDOM Trial Results: For Diabetics, Bypasses Gain"

 – November 4, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

Diabetic patients with seriously diseased heart arteries are significantly more likely to survive or avoid future attacks if they are treated with bypass surgery rather than with artery-opening devices called stents, according to a major new study. Researchers said a 1,900-patient study found that those randomly assigned to the open-heart operation were 30 percent less likely to die or suffer a heart attack or stroke within five years, compared with those who underwent the less-invasive treatment to implant a stent. "The results are clear," said Dr. Valentin Fuster, cardiologist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and the study's principal investigator. "The results are going to make a change in practice." Learn more