Good news for diabetics with heart disease

June 8, 2009 2:28:31 PM PDT
Diabetics with heart disease may not have to rush into surgery. If you are a diabetic with stable heart disease, a new study finds you may do just as well taking drugs alone.

Researchers say patients advised to have angioplasty and a stent to restore blood flow could safely wait and give medications a chance to work.

But those with more severe disease might be able to avoid a future heart attack if they have the surgery right away.

The study in the New England Journal of Medicine offers evidence on how to best treat people with type-2 diabetes and heart disease.

More than 65 percent of diabetics die from heart disease or stroke.


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