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Science Briefing

Method risky for heart patients

July 18, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Using an endoscope to remove leg veins for heart bypass surgery appears to make patients 52% more likely to die within three years, doctors reported this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The technique may damage veins and lead to heart attacks. About 70% of bypass patients have veins removed this way instead of via "open harvesting."

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