Bypass or Stents: Which Is Best for Older Patients?

If you’re a Medicare patient facing either heart bypass surgery or having stents inserted in your blocked arteries, the deciding factor may have a lot to do with the rest of your health, a new study suggests. Overall, the average patient did slightly better with bypass surgery, living about 19 days longer over the course of five years, according to a team of Stanford University researchers. However, when researchers separated out the patients who were otherwise healthy (no diabetes or …