Your Health: Feb. 5, 2001

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GLOWING REPORT The great thing about opening a clogged artery with angioplasty--and keeping it open with a tiny stent--is that the treatment works 90% of the time. In the short term, at least. After six months the artery closes back up again in 1 patient out of 4. Now scientists have come up with a hot new idea: blast the treated vessel, stent and all, with radiation. Two preliminary studies suggest that the odds a zapped vessel will reclog are reduced as much as 90%.

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