Immediate Angioplasty Post Heart Attack

angioplasty_scan_blog_june09.jpg New studies show that performing an angioplasty directly after a person suffers from a heart attack is the best way to increase survival rates. Generally after a heart attack most patients are given medications that increase blood flow and ward off blood clots, then later they have angioplasty performed. This study aims to eliminate the medication phase and go straight into angioplasty because evidence claims to show that survival is higher when doing so. Forbes said, "After six months, 11 percent of those who had quick angioplasty had a major adverse cardiac event or died, compared to 17.2 percent of those assigned to standard treatment." These trials are still in their early stages and require further research and testing, which is why such tactics have yet to emerge as mainstream methods post-heart attack.
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