If You Have Diabetes and Coronary Blockages, Watch This (Video)

Surgery may offer better outcomes than stents

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If you have diabetes and need treatment for chronic static angina — the kind that causes chest pain from exertion — you should know about new national guidelines for treatment.

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The new guidelines advise doctors on the best ways to open coronary blockages in people with diabetes and were released by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

Accumulating evidence causes new advice

Some of these patients have been undergoing stenting to repair blockages. However, the new advice cautions against this strategy because it doesn’t allow for a surgical intervention. Accumulating evidence has shown that some patients with diabetes benefit more from bypass surgery than stenting.

It’s important to talk to your doctor because every case involves consideration of various factors, including your personal health history.

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Steven Nissen, MD

Steven Nissen, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. In 2007, TIME Magazine named him “one of the 100 most influential people in the world.”
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