Friday, November 17, 2006

Surprising news about angioplasty

A reuter news article states that an angioplasty may only provide benefits to a patient who has suffered a heart attack if the angioplasty is performed within the first twelve hours of a heart attack.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, using an angioplasty to restore blood flow three days following the occurrence of a heart attack provides no benefit other than what can be achieved through drug therapy.

Dr. Judith Hochman, of the NYU school of medicine, states that this is a disappointing finding, but also states that this shows how good drug therapy has actually become.

The findings cited by the NEJM were the result of a four year study conducted on five continents and involving over two thousand heart attack patients.

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