Heart Bypass Surgery Better than Angioplasty for Diabetic Heart Patients

Jan 1, 1996

If you are in need of heart surgery and have diabetes, you may want to consider a report issued by the NIH Department of Health and Human Services and published in the September issue of Gratefully Yours, from the National Library of Medicine. It has been found that people who have coronary artery bypass graft surgery live longer than those who undergo angioplasty.

Funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutes of Health, the study found that angioplasty, which is the compression of the soft parts of hardened arteries in order to open blood passageways, was associated with a 35% mortality rate after five years compared to a 19% mortality rate in bypass patients.

The study focused on patients who were taking oral hypoglycemic agents or insulin and who were having their first revascularization procedure.

The different mortality rates did not apply to non-diabetics or to diabetic patients who were not taking medication. In those cases, the death rate was about nine percent, regardless of which procedure was performed.

The higher death rate apparently did not result from complications of the angioplasty procedure itself. Although people with diabetes are known to have a greater risk for cardiovascular problems and a higher mortality rate, the results of the study were surprising.

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Posted by Anonymous on 29 January 2008

my father is goin to take by pass surgery within a few days..he is diabetic...am very scared..are there any chances of death during surgery???please tell me wat to be done to stay alive for atleast ten years after surgery for my father

Posted by heart114 on 24 December 2008

Urgent--I have a relative in a third world country that had a triple by-pass a few months back. He is now having complications which include a urine infection and high fever for the past 2 weeks. The family is poor (relatives and family donated money for the operation and other costs)--and I'm not sure how many resources the doctors have. He is on very strong medications making it difficult for him to eat and b/ there aren't a lot of diabetes friendly foods he doesn't eat that much. We found out today that due to the high fever he was not in his right mind and just kept mumbling. I would appreciate if someone could get back to me about what the possible treatment is or suggest other websites/resources where I would be able to find an answer. Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous on 2 December 2009

You are talking about angioplasty, is there any data about stent?

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