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Angioplasty Outcomes Almost Equal Among Hospitals

Posted 7 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 – Patients who have an artery-opening procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) have similar outcomes whether they're treated at so-called safety-net or non-safety-net hospitals, researchers say. Safety-net hospitals, which provide care to low-income Americans who are uninsured or underinsured, tend to have fewer resources than other hospitals, the ...

Blood Vessel-Clearing Procedure Riskier on Weekends: Study

Posted 12 May 2017 by

THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 – Although you often don't have a choice of when you get the heart procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), new research suggests that having it done over the weekend may be more risky. The study reported that people hospitalized on the weekend for PCI were twice as likely to die as those hospitalized on weekdays. PCI – also known as angioplasty – is a ...

Take Meds as Directed to Boost Survival After Heart Procedures

Posted 24 Oct 2016 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – Taking medications as prescribed improves outcomes for heart procedure patients, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 973 heart bypass patients and 2,255 patients who underwent angioplasty and stenting to reopen clogged heart arteries. Heart bypass surgery is when surgeons take a piece of blood vessel from somewhere else in the body to bypass a blocked portion of ...

Sleep Apnea Tied to Complications After Angioplasty

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – Sleep apnea may increase the risk of serious complications in people who have undergone angioplasty to clear blocked heart arteries, researchers say. In angioplasty, also called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), blocked heart arteries are re-opened using a thin catheter inserted through the groin or wrist. The new study included 241 patients who underwent ...

Younger Female Heart Patients More Likely to Need Follow-Up Care

Posted 24 Feb 2016 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 – Women under 50 who've been treated once for heart disease seem to fare worse than similarly treated men, a new report shows. Younger women who'd already had a procedure known as angioplasty to open their heart arteries were significantly more likely to need additional procedures to keep those arteries open and functioning well than men were, the study said. Angioplasty ...

Arm Artery Access Safer for Angioplasty, Review Finds

Posted 13 Nov 2015 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 12, 2015 – For patients experiencing heart attacks or severe chest pain, it is safer to access blocked vessels through an arm artery rather than a groin artery, a new analysis finds. After reviewing four international trials involving more than 17,000 patients, the Italian researchers found that 27 percent fewer patients died when their vessel-opening angioplasties were performed ...

Angioplasty May Not Boost Survival for Some Heart Disease Patients

Posted 11 Nov 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 – Angioplasty – the procedure used to open narrowed or blocked arteries – doesn't seem to lengthen life for people with stable heart disease and chest pain, a new study finds. After 15 years of follow-up, the study found that people who had angioplasty fared no better than those who had their heart disease treated with medication and lifestyle changes alone. ...

1 in 6 Americans Too Far From Lifesaving Heart Centers

Posted 13 Jul 2015 by

MONDAY, July 13, 2015 – Tens of millions of rural, poor and Hispanic Americans do not have timely access to a lifesaving heart procedure, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed the driving times for 306 million people to reach the closest angioplasty centers across the continental United States. Angioplasty is used to open blocked heart arteries. A catheter is used to insert a deflated balloon ...

Anti-Clotting Drug Approved For Angioplasty

Posted 22 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Kengreal (cangrelor) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent blood clots from forming during angioplasty. Angioplasty involves inflating a balloon inside a clogged artery to improve blood flow. This is typically followed by insertion of a stent, a small mesh tube designed to keep the artery open. Some 500,000 people in the United States have ...

Quitting Smoking Improves Angioplasty Outcome, Study Finds

Posted 12 May 2015 by

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 ...

Manual Clot Removal After Heart Attack May Not Help, Could Harm

Posted 16 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 – A new study calls into question the value of removing blood clots from a patient's heart arteries during angioplasty, a procedure to open blocked arteries. Although manually removing clots has become common medical practice, this study of more than 10,000 heart attack patients found no benefit in terms of reducing death, heart attack or heart failure in the six months ...

Plavix Can Help Cut Death Risk in Certain Heart Patients

Posted 22 Mar 2010 by

MONDAY, March 22 – The anti-clotting drug Plavix is of modest benefit in cutting the odds of death in patients with heart failure and heart attack who don't undergo angioplasty, a new study finds. Angioplasty is a procedure to open blocked arteries. Danish researchers analyzed data from more than 31,000 patients hospitalized with heart attack between 2000 and 2005 and divided the patients into ...

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