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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 the procedure – medically called percutaneous coronary intervention – annually, the FDA said in a news release. Formation of a blood clot during the procedure could lead to heart attack. As with any anti-clotting drug, life-threatening bleeding is a potential side effect, the agency noted. In clinical trials, Kengreal was compared to the anti-clotting drug Plavix (clopidogrel) among more than 10,000 participants. Cases of serious bleeding, while still rare, were more common among users who ... Read more

Related support groups: Magnetic Resonance Angiography, Kengreal, High Risk Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty, Digital Subtraction Angiography, Cangrelor, Intra-arterial Digital Subtraction Angiography, Peripheral Angiography

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 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

Related support groups: Smoking, Heart Attack, Smoking Cessation, Myocardial Infarction, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Diagnosis and Investigation, Magnetic Resonance Angiography, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis, Digital Subtraction Angiography, Intra-arterial Digital Subtraction Angiography, High Risk Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty, Angiocardiography, Intravenous Digital Subtraction Angiography, Peripheral Angiography

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