Federal study shows that some heart surgeries aren’t needed – Business Insider

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New research from the federal government found that common heart surgeries to remove blockages in arteries — like bypasses — are unnecessary because they can be treated with drug therapy.Patients could save $775 million a year by not having the surgeries done, one doctor told The New York Times.The study “certainly will challenge our clinical thinking,” said Dr. Alice Jacobs, director of Cath Lab and Interventional Cardiology at Boston University.For more stories, visit Business Insider’s homepage..Dangerous heart surgeries like bypasses may not be needed, according to new research from the federal government.Patients that received drug therapy alone, with no surgery, for blocked arteries did not have any more heart attacks than those that did have surgery, the research found, challenging decades of common medical knowledge.In a study with more than
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