Bypass Better for Diabetics With Heart Disease

Older diabetics with more than one blocked artery were much less likely to die within five years or have another heart attack if they chose bypass surgery instead of stents to treat their condition, a major new study found. Researchers said the five-year study of 1,900 patients (average age: 63) with diabetes found that those who underwent bypass surgery to improve blood flow to the heart were 30 percent less likely to die or suffer a heart attack than were …

The Takeaway: Too Many Stent Patients End Up Back In Hospital; Nutritional Needs Change With Age

One in six patients who has a stent inserted to open up blocked arteries ends up back in the hospital within a month of the procedure, according to a new study. And a dietitian explains why failing to adjust your eating habits as you age can be risky.