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Posted 22 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com
WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 – Women who survive cardiac arrest are less likely than men to get aggressive, lifesaving care at the hospital, researchers report. "Although we have made a lot of improvement in treating patients with cardiac arrest over the last decade, there is room for improvement, especially in women," said lead researcher Dr. Luke Kim, an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York City. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating. In 2014, more than 350,000 people in the United States suffered cardiac arrests and only 12 percent survived, Kim noted. In his study, women treated for cardiac arrest were 25 percent less likely to have an angiography, which is imaging to look for blocked heart arteries. Women were also 29 percent less likely to undergo angioplasty, a technique to open blocked arteries, the study found. Moreover, women ... Read more
Posted 12 May 2015 by Drugs.com
TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – Patients who quit smoking when they have angioplasty – a heart blood vessel-opening procedure – have better outcomes, a new study finds. Quitting smoking was associated with less chest pain and better quality of life, researchers reported. "It's a no-brainer. Stopping smoking seems like a relatively easy way to increase your chances of getting the best outcomes from angioplasty," said senior author and cardiologist Dr. John Spertus, clinical director of outcomes research at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City. The researchers followed more than 2,700 adults who underwent angioplasty for either a heart attack or chest pain. One year after the procedure, 21 percent of those who quit smoking when they had angioplasty had chest pain, compared with 31 percent of those who kept smoking, and 19 percent of those who never smoked or quit smoking ... Read more
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