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Surgery may reduce heart disease

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UNDATED, (WXOW) - Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

But new research suggests surgery can reverse the disease in some cases.

Researchers at Duke University used MRI scans to study more than 1,000 heart disease patients.

In about 1/5 of the patients, surgeons were able to locate the major blood vessel supplying the region of the heart that was thinned.

They then improved the blood flow with a common procedure called re-vascularization.

The surgery got the patients' hearts pumping more efficiently and the thinning of the heart wall reversed itself.

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