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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
About: Emergency heart attack surgery
Date: 28 December 2005
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