The AP (11/5) reports on a study presented at the "American Heart Association conference and published by the New England Journal of Medicine" and funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute finding that "people with diabetes and several clogged heart arteries fare better with bypass surgery instead of having stents placed to prop open their blood vessels." The study included "1,900 diabetics and looked five years later to see how many had suffered a heart attack, stroke or death. Only 19 percent of the bypass group had, versus 27 percent of those given stents."
The Wall Street Journal (11/5, Winslow, Subscription Publication) reports that the recent trial confirms previous studies also showing benefits of surgery for patients with diabetes. The story concludes by noting that patients who received surgery were more likely to have strokes than those who received stents.