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Take Meds as Directed to Boost Survival After Heart Procedures

Posted 24 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

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 the heart's artery. Angioplasty is performed using a thin catheter that's threaded through the blood vessels to the heart. A balloon on the end of the catheter is inflated to open the narrowed blood vessel. Sometimes a stent (a mesh or wire tube) will be left in the blood vessel to keep it open. Prescribed medications in the study included cholesterol-lowering statins, blood thinners and beta blockers. Follow-up information was collected 12 to 18 months after the heart procedures. Overall, ... Read more

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Statins Often Interact With Other Heart Drugs

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Cholesterol-lowering statins can interact with other drugs prescribed for heart disease. But there are ways to navigate the problem, according to new recommendations from the American Heart Association. Statins are among the mostly widely prescribed drugs in the United States. Roughly one-quarter of Americans age 40 and up are on a statin, according to a 2014 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The drugs are prescribed to people who either have atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) or are at risk of it, which means many statin users also take other cardiovascular drugs, the heart association says. The benefits of those drug combinations will generally outweigh the risks, said Barbara Wiggins, a clinical pharmacy specialist in cardiology at the Medical University of South Carolina. But doctors and patients should be aware of how the drugs ... Read more

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Drug-Coated Stents Don't Improve Patient Survival, Large Study Reports

Posted 31 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 – The largest trial ever conducted on stents – tiny tubes that help keep heart arteries open – suggests that pricey drug-coated (or eluting) versions may perform no better for patients over the long-term, in terms of patient survival, compared to cheaper, "bare metal" versions. "The evidence in favor of contemporary drug-eluting stents over bare-metal stents may not be as strong as has been thought," said study author Dr. Kaare Harald Bonaa. He's from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Bare-metal stents were used in the early days of stenting. But, arteries sometimes re-closed around the stent. That meant surgeons often had to go back in and re-open the vessel – a procedure called revascularization. Then came drug-eluting stents. These devices were coated with drugs to prevent the vessel re-closure that plagued so many ... Read more

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

Posted 24 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

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 is a procedure in which a tiny balloon is inflated inside an artery to widen the vessel and clear partial blockages. The researchers pointed out that even though young women's arteries appeared to be healthier and less blocked than those of their male counterparts, they were still more likely to need more treatment. "Although women tended to have less heart disease than men, they had generally worse outcomes over one year and five years compared to men," said lead researcher Dr. Robert Wilensky, ... Read more

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Angioplasty May Not Boost Survival for Some Heart Disease Patients

Posted 11 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

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. "[Angioplasty and] stenting is effective and improves survival when performed early in the course of a heart attack," said lead researcher Dr. Steven Sedlis, an associate professor of medicine at NYU Medical School in New York City. "But the benefits of routine [angioplasty and] stenting for patients with stable heart disease have been uncertain and highly controversial." During the angioplasty procedure, a small tube may be placed in the blood vessel to keep it open. This is called stenting. Routine ... Read more

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1 in 6 Americans Too Far From Lifesaving Heart Centers

Posted 13 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

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 into the artery. The balloon is then inflated to open the artery and restore blood flow to the heart. There are more than 1,700 angioplasty centers in the United States, the researchers said. The median time to an angioplasty center was 33 minutes, they found. However, the median travel time for more than 16 percent of the population – about 50 million people – was 81 minutes, according to the study. Results were published July 13 in the journal Health Services Research. It shouldn't take ... Read more

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FDA Approves Antiplatelet Agent Kengreal (cangrelor) as Adjunct to Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Posted 22 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

June 22, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Kengreal (cangrelor), an intravenous antiplatelet drug that prevents formation of harmful blood clots in the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. It is approved for adult patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), a procedure used to open a blocked or narrowed coronary artery to improve blood flow to the heart muscle. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PCI is performed on approximately 500,000 people in the United States each year. The coronary arteries are opened by inflating a balloon at the site of the narrowing, usually followed by placement of a small mesh tube, called a stent, to keep the artery open. By preventing platelets from accumulating, Kengreal reduces the risk of serious clotting complications related to the procedure, ... Read more

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Seeing Their Clogged Arteries Can Spur Healthy Changes in Patients

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 15, 2015 – Seeing images of their narrowed heart arteries may convince some heart disease patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle and take prescribed medications, a new study suggests. "Seeing their calcified coronary arteries on the CT image was clearly an eye-opener for patients. We received comments such as, 'It is my coronary artery and my coronary artery calcification and I am facing a real risk and challenge,' " said study author Rikke Elmose Mols, a nurse and Ph.D. student at Aarhus University Hospital-Skejby in Denmark. "This may be the wake-up call patients need to take their medication and modify their behaviors to reduce their risk of having a coronary artery event," Mols said in a European Society of Cardiology news release. The research included 189 people recently diagnosed with early stage heart disease. Half were shown a CT image of calcium buildup on the ... Read more

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Smokers Fare Worse After Heart Procedures, Study Finds

Posted 16 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 – Heart patients who continue to smoke after undergoing artery-opening procedures have a much higher long-term risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death than those who quit smoking or never smoked, a new study finds. The study included nearly 1,800 people with severe coronary artery disease – narrowing in two or more of their heart's arteries – who had either angioplasty or bypass surgery. Compared to nonsmokers or those who quit smoking, patients who continued to smoke after the procedures were nearly twice as likely to have a heart attack within five years, an 80 percent higher combined risk of heart attack/stroke or premature death. They also faced a much greater risk of needing a repeat procedure, the investigators found. The findings challenge some previous studies suggesting that patients with heart disease who continue to smoke after an ... Read more

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Some Older Heart Patients Might Benefit From Aggressive Treatments

Posted 16 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 – Older people with certain types of heart problems might benefit from aggressive treatment they might otherwise not receive because of their age, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 458 patients, aged 80 and older, in Norway who had a type of heart attack that is initially mild but leads to poor outcomes after six months or longer, or a closely related condition called unstable angina. Both conditions – called acute coronary syndromes – are caused by plaque buildup in the heart's arteries. The patients were randomly assigned to receive either conservative treatment – which included medications but no invasive procedures – or to undergo coronary angiography, in which a catheter is threaded into the heart's arteries to assess them. Of the patients who had coronary angiography, 48 percent later had balloon angioplasty and/or stenting to widen narrowed ... Read more

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

Posted 16 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

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 after the procedure. Removing clots appears to have increased the risk of stroke in the month after clots were removed, the Canadian researchers report. "There has been some controversy about removing blood clots during the treatment of heart attacks," said lead researcher Dr. Sanjit Jolly, an associate professor of cardiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. A study in 2008 suggested that removing clots during an angioplasty might save lives, he said. "Guidelines changed based on this ... Read more

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