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Which Hospital Offers the Best Heart Treatment?
Heart attack patients immediately rushed to hospitals capable of using a balloon catheter to clear blocked arteries are more likely to receive treatment sooner.
Coronary Clot Aspiration Safe Long Term
After certain types of heart attacks, doctors often use stents to prop open the arteries. Another method that may be used involves removing blood clots through thrombus aspiration (TA), but studies have shown mixed long-term results.
Predicting Heart Attacks
The ability to predict and prevent heart attacks is considered the holy grail in cardiology. Scientists may not be there yet, but they've taken another bold step toward prediction in a new clinical trial.
Gum Disease Doesn't Cause Heart Disease
Though they share common risk factors, gum disease does not appear to cause heart disease or stroke. A new statement also reveals that treating gum disease is not proven to prevent stroke or plaque build up in the heart.
Spice Lowers Heart Attack Risk After Surgery
An Indian spice popular in curry appears to offer the heart a protective benefit following coronary artery bypass grafting. New research suggests turmeric may help prevent heart attacks after the operation.
Carotid Artery Stents Safe for Grandpa
As patients are living longer, the need to assess heart treatments for the elderly has increased. Investigators have found that placing a stent in the neck's carotid artery of patients over the age of 70 is both safe and effective.
Radioactive Heart Scan
Scientists have found a method for injecting a radioactive antibody fragment capable of showing deposits of fat and debris in artery walls most likely to rupture and cause heart attacks.
Goldilocks Sleep Best for Heart
If you're feeling sleepy or irritable during the day, you may not be getting enough sleep. And not enough sleep could mean you're at higher risk for a range of heart problems.
Elderly Heart Attack Patients Benefit From Stent
As healthcare has improved, it's no longer uncommon for patients to live past age 90. Guidelines do not currently address older heart attack patients receiving a stent to prop open a blocked artery.
Not All Coronary Heart Patients Need Stents
Not all stable patients with coronary artery disease will receive an added benefit from initial implantation of a stent to prop open a clogged artery.