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IV beta blockers before angioplasty are safe, but offer no clinical benefit
Giving intravenous beta blockers before performing a coronary angioplasty in patients who had experienced the deadliest form of heart attack -- ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) -- was safe but did not reduce heart attack severity or improve blood flow from the heart's main pumping chamber, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 65th Annual Scientific Session. (2016-04-03)
Deferred stenting shows no clinical benefit
Delayed or deferred stent implantation in patients experiencing the deadliest form of heart attack -- ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) -- failed to reduce death from any cause, hospitalization for heart failure, subsequent heart attacks or the need for a repeat procedure to restore blood flow to the heart, researchers reported at the American College of Cardiology's 65th Annual Scientific Session. (2016-04-03)
No improvement in clinical outcomes with ischemic postconditioning
A large randomized controlled trial of ischemic postconditioning in patients who had experienced the deadliest form of heart attack -- ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) -- failed to show that this procedure significantly reduces death from any cause or hospitalization for heart failure, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 65th Annual Scientific Session. (2016-04-03)
Life-threatening bowel ischemia can often be treated by balloon angioplasty
Acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI) can be successfully treated with endovascular therapy such as balloon angioplasty, according to research from the University of Eastern Finland. (2016-02-25)
Registry data used to examine gender gaps in blood thinners, appropriate use
The American College of Cardiology's National Cardiovascular Data Registry was the source of data for several research studies published in the final three months of 2015, including a study examining outcomes between certified and non-certified physicians, gender gaps in the use of oral anticoagulants, and appropriate use criteria. (2016-02-12)
Treatment time lags for heart attack patients with prior bypass graft surgery
Heart attack patients who had previously undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery were less likely than other heart attack patients, including those with prior angioplasty, to be treated within the 90-minute recommended 'door-to-balloon time,' according to a study published today in the JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. (2015-12-28)
Low blood flow in back of brain increases risk of recurrent stroke
Patients who have had a stroke in the back of the brain are at greater risk of having another within two years if blood flow to the region is diminished, according to results of a multicenter study led by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. (2015-12-21)
Radial access used less than femoral approach for emergency angioplasty
Although using the radial artery as the access point for angioplasty has been linked to reduced bleeding compared to use of the femoral artery, only a small number of high-risk heart attack patients who undergo rescue angioplasty -- emergency procedures following failed therapy with clot-busting drugs -- are treated by radial access, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions. (2015-12-21)
New reversible drug shows early promise in preventing dangerous clots
A uniquely acting antiplatelet agent, PZ-128, appears to be safe and fast for preventing blood clots and its effects are reversible, reducing risk for excessive bleeding. (2015-12-17)
The art of appropriate patient selection for heart procedures
A decline in the number of heart patients undergoing unnecessary PCI (angioplasty) procedures reflects improvements in clinical decision-making and documentation to determine which patients benefit most from the procedure, according to new findings by Yale School of Medicine researchers. (2015-11-09)
Use of rarely appropriate angioplasty procedures declined sharply
The number of angioplasty procedures classified as rarely appropriate declined sharply between 2010 and 2014, as did the number of those performed on patients with non-acute conditions, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association and simultaneously presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando. (2015-11-09)
Young women more likely to die in hospital after STEMI
Young women with ST-elevation myocardial infarction were less likely to receive life-saving angioplasty and stenting to restore blood flow to blocked arteries than men and also had longer hospital stays and higher rates of in-hospital mortality, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (2015-10-26)
Antiplatelet therapy with blood thinners reduces mortality for angioplasty patients
Patients with acute coronary syndrome who have undergone angioplasty have a reduced risk of all-cause in-hospital mortality but an increased risk of bleeding when given glycoprotein 2b/3a inhibitors after the procedure, according to a study published today in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. (2015-10-19)
SIR 2016 Registration open: Innovation, research, technology merge to improve patient care
Online registration is open for the Society of Interventional Radiology's (SIR) 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting. (2015-10-01)
Which blood thinner works better during stent placement? It's still a toss-up
A large, ambitious contrast of blood-thinning medications used during cardiac stent placement suggests that a very expensive drug offers no clear safety benefits over a much more affordable option, according to a prominent North Shore-LIJ researcher and cardiologist. (2015-09-01)
Study finds no benefit in adding third drug to therapy for older patients
Triple therapy is no better than dual antiplatelet therapy in preventing major adverse cardiac events in older patients with atrial fibrillation who had a heart attack treated with angioplasty, and triple therapy resulted in more complications, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (2015-08-03)
Registry data used to examine use of ICDs, cardiac rehab referral rates
The American College of Cardiology's National Cardiovascular Data Registry was the source of data for research published in the first half of 2015, including a study that examines public reporting and PCI outcomes as well as research that showed implantable cardioverter-defibrillators are underutilized in older patients. (2015-07-13)
Drexel's microscale 'Transformers' are joining forces to break through blocked arteries
Swarms of microscopic, magnetic, robotic beads could be scrubbing in next to the world's top vascular surgeons -- all taking aim at blocked arteries. (2015-07-01)
Possible overuse of anticoagulants, PCI outcomes studied using registry data
The American College of Cardiology's National Cardiovascular Data Registry was the source of data for seven studies published in the first four months of 2015, including a study that identified possible overuse of anticoagulants in low-risk atrial fibrillation patients and research that found a relationship between operator experience and outcomes in certain patients after percutaneous coronary intervention or angioplasty. (2015-05-26)
Low stent thrombosis rates with primary PCI, regardless of antithrombotic choice
Stent thrombosis following urgent angioplasty for acute heart attack occurred in less than 1 percent of patients in a large, 'real-world' registry, regardless of whether the antithrombotic treatment used during the procedure was bivalirudin, heparin alone, or a GP IIb/IIIa inhibitor (typically in combination with heparin). (2015-05-21)
EuroPCR 2015: Stroke risk clarified following routine clot removal after heart attack
Clearing blood clots from arteries during treatment for an acute myocardial infarction was a relatively common practice until a recent, large-scale study showed that the technique, known as thrombectomy, might actually increase the risk of stroke. (2015-05-20)
Older patients receive less evidence-based cardiac care than younger patients
People in their 80s and 90s are more likely to develop acute coronary syndrome than their younger counterparts. (2015-05-13)
Smoking and angioplasty: Not a good combination
Quitting smoking when you have angioplasty is associated with better quality of life and less chest pain. (2015-05-12)
Institutional factors play role in cardiac rehab referral rates after angioplasty
Hospitals in the Midwest were more likely than others to refer patients for guideline-recommended cardiac rehabilitation following angioplasty, possibly because more rehab programs are available in the region, according to original research and an accompanying editorial published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (2015-05-11)
Routine clot removal after heart attack not beneficial, may increase risk
A technique used to clear blood clots from arteries to the heart in about 20 percent of patients undergoing angioplasty appears to increase the risk of stroke without providing the intended benefit, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. (2015-03-16)
Patients 80 years and older would benefit from aggressive treatment
Patients over age 80 with acute coronary syndromes would likely benefit from more invasive tests and therapies that may otherwise be denied them due to their age, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego. (2015-03-16)
Remote ischemic preconditioning fails to improve heart bypass outcomes
Patients who underwent a simple conditioning procedure involving the inflation and deflation of a blood pressure cuff on the upper arm before coronary artery bypass grafting, known as heart bypass surgery, had no better long-term health outcomes than bypass patients who did not receive the conditioning, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego. (2015-03-16)
Complete angioplasty safe for certain heart attack survivors
Patients who experience the deadliest form of heart attack -- ST segment elevation myocardial infarction -- and suffer from substantial narrowing in multiple heart arteries may benefit from receiving angioplasty in constricted arteries not affected by the heart attack, thereby reducing the need for future angioplasty, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. (2015-03-16)
Trial of bivalirudin during angioplasty reports mixed results
Patients with acute coronary syndrome undergoing angioplasty who received the anticoagulant drug bivalirudin did not show significant improvements in either of two co-primary endpoints -- a composite of rate of death, heart attack or stroke at 30 days, or a composite of those events plus major bleeding -- as compared to patients receiving standard anticoagulation therapy, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. (2015-03-16)
Routine clot removal after heart attack not beneficial, may have risk
Routine strategy of blood clot removal during treatment for heart attacks not beneficial and associated with an increased risk of stroke. (2015-03-16)
Heart bypass surgery outperforms new generation stents
Despite the advent of a new generation of stents, patients with multiple narrowed arteries in the heart who received coronary artery bypass grafting fared better than those whose arteries were opened with balloon angioplasty and stents in a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. (2015-03-16)
Bendavia does not reduce scarring from angioplasty after heart attack
Patients who received the new drug Bendavia before undergoing angioplasty or receiving a stent to clear blocked arteries after a heart attack showed no significant reduction in scarring as compared to patients given a placebo, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. (2015-03-15)
Novel anti-clotting therapy in halted trial no better than existing agents
A novel therapy that would allow doctors to turn the body's blood-clotting ability off and on in a more controlled way was about as effective as established anticoagulants in patients undergoing angioplasty but was associated with higher rates of moderate to severe bleeding, according to an analysis of data from a terminated Phase III trial presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. (2015-03-15)
Loyola receives $735,516 from the American Heart Association for cardiac research
The American Heart Association awarded Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine $735,516 in 2014 in new and continuing grants for cardiac research. (2015-03-06)
Scripps offers new treatment for peripheral artery disease
A doctor at Scripps Green Hospital this week became the first in California to use a new drug-coated balloon to treat peripheral artery disease in a patient since regulatory approval of the IN.PACT Admiral device in January by the Food and Drug Administration. (2015-02-04)
New wireless ECG saves treatment time for people with severe heart attacks
A new wireless ECG saves treatment time for people with severe heart attacks. (2014-11-18)
Big data study identifies new potential target coating for drug-eluting stents
A new study has identified an FDA approved cancer drug, crizotinib, as a possible new coating for drug-eluting stents. (2014-11-18)
Understanding adverse blood vessel remodeling following stenting
Atherosclerosis can be treated with angioplasty or stenting to improve blood flow. (2014-11-17)
High mortality associated with STEMI heart attacks that occur in hospitalized patients
A new study by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers confirms their surprising earlier finding: Patients who suffer a STEMI heart attack while while in the hospital for something else are more likely to die than patients who have the same type of heart attack outside the hospital. (2014-11-16)
Resuscitation science tip sheet
American Heart Association pre-arrival telephone CPR guidelines help save lives. (2014-11-15)
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