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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Is invasive surgery better for treating coronary heart disease than conservative measures?

Before you have your first heart attack, why not take the opportunity to consider the merits of the options that will be offered to you while you lie recovering in the hospital's intensive care unit?

Here is an article by Dr Jeffrey Dach which you must read....

Cardiac Bypass, Angioplasty and Stenting 
by Jeffrey Dach MD

No Reduction in Mortality or Heart Attacks
The following thirty nine medical studies compare invasive treatment with conservative treatment of coronary artery disease. Invasive treatment with bypass surgery, stent or angioplasty is compared with conservative treatment with drugs. These Thirty Nine Studies show that invasive treatment fails to reduce mortality or heart attacks, when compared to conservative medical treatment with drugs.

Brain Damage from Cardiac Bypass
Three studies in 1000 patients found that 50% of patients having bypass surgery have brain damage with permanent loss of memory and mental function.

As an observation, I am surprised that the report of brain damage from bypass surgery beingjust  50%.  My impression is that the rate is higher.  I guess it comes down to how one observes or measures it.  Whatever the rate - be it 50% or 70% - the odds are not good at all for the patient to come through with all of his or her marbles.

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