Leg Artery Procedure May Be Overused in Nursing Homes, Study Finds

April 6, 2015 4:00 PM

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MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery to reopen blocked arteries in the legs of frail nursing home residents rarely gets them back on their feet, a new study shows.

In fact, many elderly people who undergo the expensive procedure either lose more physical function or die within a year of the surgery, according to a review of Medicare claims data by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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