Heart Bypass Surgeries On The Decline
Not too long ago it seemed as if coronary artery bypass surgeries (CHAB) were pretty common. But a new study shows that there has been a noticeable decrease in the number of these operations. Unfortunately, it’s not that Americans are suddenly heart healthy. Heart disease and blocked coronary arteries are still on the rise. And more hospitals than ever offer open heart surgery. But less invasive procedures are now considered a better option and are performed more often.
In fact, one-third fewer coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgeries were performed in 2008 compared to 2001, while the rate of less invasive angioplasty procedures remained largely unchanged, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
In 2008, three out of four patients had angioplasties instead of CABG, compared with two out of three patients a decade ago. Even though it may seem as if this is progress, some medical experts, like Peter W. Groeneveld, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, think that in some patients would have a better outcome if they had the more invasive CABG. Groeneveld and colleagues analyzed trends in heart surgery practices in 1,000 hospitals across the country from 2001 to 2008.