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Clot-buster Drug Injection Might Help Some Heart Attack Patients

Posted 26 Mar 2012 by

MONDAY, March 26 – Injecting a clot-busting drug directly into a blood clot caused by a certain kind of heart attack seems to save more heart muscle than extracting the clot does, a new study shows. "In the patients who got the antiplatelet agent right in the blood clot, there was a significant reduction in the size of the heart attack," said Dr. Gregg Stone, a professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City. He led the study, which was presented Sunday at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting in Chicago and published simultaneously in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers looked at 452 patients from 37 sites and six countries who had a heart attack known as a STEMI. Stone called this a "garden-variety" heart attack. The patients in the study all had large STEMI heart attacks, and all arrived for medical care within ... Read more

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