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Emergency heart attack surgery

Emergency heart attack treatment has been with anti-coagulants in the past, but new studies prove that angioplasty is far more effective and life saving than the drug therapy. Angioplasty, where a catheter is inserted into the artery and the tip is blown up to expand the blocked passage of blood, is being recommended as a follow-up treatment for heart attack victims who do not respond to clot-dissolving drugs. Enabling a hospital with the ability to perform emergency angioplasty is, however, a separate issue. People in a research study who received a dose of anti-coagulant plus angioplasty achieved a 10% better survival rate compared to those who received a dose of anti-coagulant followed by a second dose. A dangerous side effect with using anti-coagulants is bleeding, which can compromise success of surgery.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Forbes

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About: Emergency heart attack surgery

Date: 28 December 2005

Source: Forbes

URL: http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/health/feeds/hscout/2005/12/28/hscout529914.html

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This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

  • Side effects
  • Side effects and anti-coagulant
  • Side effects and blood thinners
  • Side effects and clot busters
  • Side effects and angioplasty
  • Side effects and clot dissolver
  • Research
  • Research and surgery
  • Research and heart attack
  • Research and ischemia
  • Research and angioplasty
  • Research and anti-coagulant
  • Research and blood thinners
  • Research and clot busters
  • Surgery
  • Surgery and angioplasty
  • Surgery and atherosclerosis
  • Surgery and heart attack
  • Surgery and research
  • Surgery and blood thinners
  • Surgery and anti-coagulant
  • Surgery and clot dissolver

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