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New Gene Therapy Technique Results In 60 Percent Tumor Regression Rate
Scientists at Ohio University have used a nonviral gene expression system to eliminate human cancer cells in animals, achieving a 60 percent tumor regression rate without the potential dangers associated with conventional viral gene therapy techniques. (1998-03-20)
Engineering Our Arteries: Replacements And Assisted Healing
To combat heart disease and problems that arise after angioplasty Rice bioengineer Jennifer West is developing alternatives like bioengineered arteries--including assisted healing that will stop clotting and allow healthy cells to grow. (1998-02-12)
Maillinckrodt Medical Licenses Invention For Concentration Of Rhenium Radioisotopes
Maillinckrodt Medical Inc. has licensed an invention from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory that could save more than 100,000 people from having additional heart surgery. (1998-01-20)
Patients Who Get
For people undergoing balloon angioplasty to reopen disease- clogged blood vessels to the heart, the best insurance policy against needing the more serious coronary artery bypass surgery months or years later, may be the timely insertion of small flexible metal coils called (1997-12-02)
Laser That Drills Holes In The Heart Cuts Chest Pain, Hospitalizations
Using a laser to drill tiny holes in the heart to provide new blood flow dramatically reduces chest pain and cuts hospitalizations for individuals whose heart disease makes them poor candidates for surgery or angioplasty, according to a report today at the American Heart Association's 70th Scientific Sessions. (1997-11-12)
Polymer Coating May Help Prevent Thrombosis Following Angioplasty
According to a study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a thin polymer coating on the inside of coronary arteries may one day prevent blood clot formation called acute thrombosis, following angioplasty. (1997-11-12)
Death Rates Higher For HMO Patients Hospitalized For Heart Attacks
The odds of surviving a heart attack may have as much to do with a patient's health insurance policy as the hospital to which the heart attack victim is rushed or whether a cardiologist treats the patient, according to a new study presented today at the American Heart Association's 70th Scientific Sessions. (1997-11-12)
Strokes After Heart Attacks Increase Costs Of Medical Care By 56 Percent
In the first economic analysis of its kind, Duke University Medical Center researchers have found that heart attack patients who suffer from a stroke shortly after the heart attack have a 56 percent increase in their medical bills. (1997-11-12)
Minimally Invasive Surgery Greatly Reduces Heart Bypass Deaths And Complications
A study by physicians at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has found that minimally invasive heart bypass surgery greatly reduces the number of deaths and complications in very high-risk cardiac patients who are too ill to undergo traditional bypass. (1997-11-12)
Studies Of More Than 25,000 Emory Angioplasty And Coronary Bypass Patients Reveal Improvement In Patient Outcomes; Decrease In Cost
Sicker heart patients are more likely to survive coronary intervention, are spending less time in the hospital recovering and are doing better once at home -- about one- third the cost of similar care inth 1980s, according to analyses presented by Emory University at this week's American Heart Association 70th Scientific Session. (1997-11-11)
Many Are Not Getting Artery-Opening Treatments For Heart Attack; Women, Minorities Underserved
Many eligible heart attack patients are not receiving appropriate artery opening treatments -- including the powerful clot-busters -- according to a study reported today at the American Heart Association's 70th Scientific Sessions. (1997-11-11)
Zapped Arteries Remain Largely Clean And Clear Six Months Postangioplasty, Per BERT-1 Results
Coronary arteries remain open six months after mild irradiation in 90 percent of postangioplasty patients evaluated inthe Beta Radiation for Restenosis Trial (BERT-1), reports Emory University at the 70th American Heart Association 70th Scientific Sessions. (1997-11-10)
Anti-Clotting Drug Used During Angioplasty Reduces Need For Subsequent Bypass Surgery
An analysis of data from three multi-center trials has shown that 19 percent fewer angioplasty patients required coronary artery bypass graft surgery within six months if they received a monoclonal antibody drug just prior to the procedure, Duke University Medical Center researchers reported Monday. (1997-11-10)
Study Reversal: Direct Angioplasty Isn't Better Than Clot-Busting Drugs For Treating Heart Attacks
Contradicting earlier research, a Duke University Medical Center study of patients from 57 hospitals indicates that treating a heart attack by unclogging it with a balloon catheter fails in the long run to save substantially more people than therapy with clot-busting drugs. (1997-11-10)
New Blood Vessels Grow With Gene Therapy
Through gene therapy, researchers have grown new blood vessels for humans, according to a report presented today at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions. (1997-11-09)
Angioplasty Can Be Safe For Patients Over 80 Years Old
Angioplasty can be a safe and effective procedure for heart patients 80 and older, according to researchers from the Duke University Medical Center. (1997-11-09)
UF Researchers Report Improvement In The Treatment Of Heart Bypass Patients
A national study at the University of Florida shows a minuscule metallic device used to prop open the clogged vessels is better at restoring blood flow than traditional balloon angioplasty -- and does so more safely. (1997-10-10)
Diabetes Explains Higher Heart Death Rates For Recipients Of Angioplasty
A long-term study shows that individuals whose coronary arteries are obstructed and who are treated with angioplasty have more heart-related deaths than those who undergo bypass surgery. (1997-10-06)
Radiation Therapy Keeps Arteries Open After Angioplasty
Using low doses of radiation immediately after angioplasty can significantly reduce the risk that a heart patient's arteries will once again become too narrow in the future, a new study has found. (1997-10-03)
Stents Better Than Angioplasty When Treating Reclosure Of Vein Grafts After Coronary-Artery Bypass Surgery
Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University have found that treating the common reclosure of vein grafts in post-bypass patients with stents instead of angioplasty lowers the risk of complications. (1997-09-11)
Chest Grafts Better For Diabetic Patients Getting Bypass
In another study in today's Circulation, investigators at 18 centers in the United States compared survival among diabetic patients given either bypass surgery or balloon angioplasty and found a (1997-09-11)
Targeting Gene Therapy To Specific Cells: Technique Opens Door To Prevention Of Restenosis After Angioplasty
University of Chicago researchers have developed the first practical method to limit activity of therapeutic genes to a specific cell type (smooth muscle cells), clearing a major safety hurdle facing gene therapy. (1997-08-26)
"Super Aspirin" Holds Long-Term Benefits For Some Patients Who Undergo Balloon Angioplasty
In this week's JAMA, David L. Fischman, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, discusses ReoPro™, a drug he dubs a (1997-08-13)
No Link Between Race And Body's Response To Heart Attack
In four separate studies, researchers from Henry Ford Hospital's Heart & Vascular Institute found no link between race and a patient's physiological response to a heart attack. (1997-07-24)
Low-Tech Is Best For Averting Cardiovascular Disease Epidemic In Developing World
A wave of cardiovascular disease is poised to sweep through the developing world, and the best way for those countries to cope is not with high-tech medical gadgetry but with low-cost investments in education and prevention programs, says a University of Rochester expert at a meeting this week on preventive cardiology. (1997-06-30)
Discovery Of A New Genetic Susceptibility Factor May Improve The Management Of Coronary Heart Disease
An INSERM team has shown that certain coronary events are more likely to recur after initial therapeutic intervention when the patient has a particular variant of the ACE gene. (1997-06-30)
Individuals With A Common Gene Variant Appear More Likely To Have Blockages In Artery "Stents"
Doctors may have a way to identify people with heart disease whose coronary arteries will become obstructed again after they have been propped open with tiny metal tubes called stents. (1997-06-25)
Laser Offers Hope For Heart Patients With No Alternatives
Using high-powered lasers to pierce new blood-carrying channels into ailing heart muscle, Duke University Medical Center heart surgeons are testing a promising new therapy for patients with coronary artery disease who have exhausted all other conventionalforms of treatment (1997-04-29)
Laser Shown Effective In Patients Who Are Not Candidates For Bypass Surgery Or Angioplasty
A laser that pierces new blood-carrying channels into ailing heart muscle is an effective new therapy for coronary artery disease patients who have exhausted all other conventional forms of treatment, according to the results of a recently completed multi-center clinical trial (1997-03-19)
ORNL, Columbia May Help Heart Patients Stay Out Of Hospitals
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a Department of Energy multiprogram facility, and Columbia University have developed the production, processing and delivery system to provide a radioisotope researchers believe will make coronary angiolasty more effective at unclogging arteries (1997-02-12)
Risk of Dying Increases If Non-Specialist Treats Heart Attack
Elderly patients treated in a hospital for a heart attack were 12 percent less likely to die from the ailment if their doctor was a cardiologist rather than a primary care physician, a Duke University Medical Center study has shown (1996-12-19)
Patients Who Need Angioplasty Do Better If Their Doctors Meet Minimum Standards
More than half of the cardiologists performing angioplasty in the United States don't meet the minimum standards set by their peers, and their patients are more likely to need a heart bypass operation because the angioplasty failed, a Duke University Medical Center study has found (1996-11-13)
Duke Studies Find Little Difference In Outcomes Between Bypass Surgery And Angioplasty For Diabetics
In contrast to the findings of a recent, highly publicized clinical trial and subsequent federal recommendation, two Duke University Medical Center studies suggest that diabetics with severe coronary artery disease do equally well if they receive either angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery (1996-11-13)
It Matters Where, In America, You Suffer A Heart Attack
Where you live in America helps determine how a doctor treats your heart attack, how long you stay in the hospital, and whether you are likely to need further hospitalization in the next few months, researchers said Tuesday (Nov. (1996-11-13)
Stents Work Well, But Are Costly: Will Hospitals Continue To Use Them?
The current boom in implanting tubular devices called stents in heart arteries may go bust when hospitals realize they are losing their profit margins, a researcher has concluded in a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association (1996-11-13)
MRI May Identify Those At High Risk For Heart Attacks, Strokes
Like tiny time bombs, unstable fatty deposits lurk within arteries until breaking off and blocking blood flow to the heart and brain. (1996-11-12)
Heart Attack Outcomes Are Similar With Anti-Clotting Drugs And Balloon Angioplasty, University Of Washington Study Shows
Heart attack patients admitted to community hospitals show nearly identical survival rates, whether treated with powerful anti-clotting drugs or with balloon angioplasty. (1996-10-24)
NHLBI Scientists Find Link Between Common Virus and Restenosis
NHLBI scientists have found a strong link between prior infection with cytomegalovirus (CMV) and restenosis -- the renarrowing of coronary arteries that occurs in 20 to 50 percent of patients who have undergone coronary angioplasty, according to a studyin the August 29 New England Journal of Medicine (1996-08-29)
Drug Prevents Angioplasty Complications Years After Single Treatment
One-time use of a drug that stops clots from forming has significantly reduced life-threatening complications from angioplasty both immediately and up to three years after treatment, researchers from The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Duke University Medical Center reported Monday (1996-08-27)
Cardiology Scorecard
It soon may become easier to accurately compare how well hospitals perform common cardiology procedures such as bypass surgery and angioplasty, due to a new outcomes scorecard system developed with federal funds by cardiologists at Duke University MedicalCenter (1996-04-29)
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