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Stroke at 5 years more common after CABG vs. PCI

In an analysis of 11 randomized clinical trials, the rate of stroke at 5 years was significantly lower after PCI compared with CABG, and the reduction in stroke was primarily driven by fewer strokes in the 30 days after the procedure. However, risk for stroke was similar between 31 days and 5 years, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The pooled analysis of trials comparing CABG vs. PCI with stents included the ARTS, BEST, ERACI II, EXCEL, FREEDOM, MASS II, NOBLE, PRE-COMBAT, SoS, SYNTAX and VA CARDS trials. Rates of stroke at 30 days and 5 years were
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