MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Coronary artery bypass surgery beat out percutaneous stenting for mortality rates after 4 years in a large observational study of nearly 200,000 patients aged 65 and older, according to a new study unveiled at this week’s American College of Cardiology conference in Chicago.
The analysis was adjusted to control for factors such as age, sex, diabetes, renal function and lung disease, and researchers concluded that CABG patients lived longer, "even among patients whose propensity scores were most consistent with selection for PCI."
Adjusted 4-year all-cause mortality was 20% lower among CABG patients than for those who underwent PCI for coronary disease in 2 or 3 vessels, TheHeart.org reported.
Among the PCI group, more than ¾ received drug-eluting stents, about 16% received bare-metal stents and 6% had PCI without stenting.
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