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Posted 16 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com
MONDAY, July 16 – The new blood-thinning drug Brilinta should be considered along with older drugs to treat patients with unstable angina, according to updated guidelines. Unstable angina occurs when a partially blocked coronary artery deprives the heart of blood and oxygen. The updated guidelines were issued jointly by the American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and the American College of Cardiology Foundation. "We have put it on equal footing with two other [blood-thinning] medications: clopidogrel (Plavix) and prasugrel (Effient)," lead author Dr. Hani Jneid, assistant professor of medicine and director of interventional cardiology research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said in an American Heart Association news release. The new guidelines state that Brilinta (ticagrelor), which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011, should ... Read more
Posted 3 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com
THURSDAY, Nov. 3 – A healthy lifestyle and appropriate medications can help people with heart disease live longer and avoid a heart attack or stroke, according to new guidelines from the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association. Following the updated recommendations can also improve quality of life, reduce the need for surgical procedures to open blocked arteries and lower the likelihood of a repeat heart attack or stroke if you've suffered one already, the authors said. "The full implementation of these cardiovascular protective therapies into clinical practice can markedly reduce the risk of death, disability and health care expenditures due to cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a spokesman for the American Heart Association. For the first time, the guidelines ... Read more
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