Study casts doubt on angioplasty, bypass for many heart patients

Bypass operations, angioplasty and the placement of artery-opening stents: For decades, millions of Americans have undergone these expensive, invasive procedures to help treat clogged vessels. However, the results of a large and long-awaited clinical trial suggests that, in most cases, these procedures may not have provided any benefit over medications and lifestyle changes. In fact, people treated with meds and […]

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Greater weight loss with gastric bypass than other bariatric surgeries

(HealthDay)—Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is associated with greater weight loss at one, three, and five years than sleeve gastrectomy (SG) or adjustable gastric banding (AGB), though it also has the highest rate of 30-day adverse events, according to a study published Oct. 29 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. David Arterburn, M.D., M.P.H., from Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute […]

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Gastric bypass surgery associated with greater weight loss in adults

Adults with severe obesity had greater initial and sustained weight loss with gastric bypass surgery than either sleeve gastrectomy or adjustable gastric banding, according to a new study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. This is the largest long-term study of bariatric surgery to date. It included more than 46,000 patients at 41 participating health systems in 11 […]

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