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New More Costly Procedures Aren’t Always Better

Angioplasty no better than drugs to open kidney arteries
Angioplasty to open clogged kidney arteries is no more effective than medication alone and comes with a higher risk of complications, British researchers said. The study found similar rates of heart and kidney problems and death between the two groups after three years, but 20% of patients undergoing angioplasty suffered complications within the first month, including kidney failure, amputation and death. The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)/The Associated Press (11/11)

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November 12, 2009 - Posted by | Chronic conditions, healthcare, quality | , ,

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