Stent Decisions Not Tied to Risk
When deciding whether a patient will receive a drug-eluting stent to prop open blocked coronary arteries, it appears that the decision usually has little to do with future risk of reblockage .
Heart Drug Doesn't Cut Bypass Complications
An experimental medication designed to protect the heart from injury during coronary artery bypass surgery does not appear to reduce serious complications including stroke or dying.
Walk Test Predicts Recurrent Heart Risk
A brief and simple walking test may accurately predict future cardiovascular events in patients with stable coronary heart disease. The test takes only six minutes.
Heart Disease Lower Than Expected in Europe
A new study revealed that the prevalence of heart disease in Europe is lower than expected. This means that more non-invasive screenings could cut costs and help patients avoid unnecessary testing.
Experimental Drug Drops Clot Risk
An investigational drug appears to offer significant improvements for patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a recent trial found.
Most Carotid Surgery Patients Surviving 5 Years
Following surgery to widen narrowed carotid arteries in the neck, most patients are still alive five years later. However, high-risk patients appear to have such a low survival risk that they may not be alive to see the surgery's benefit.
Carotid Stent Riskier Than Surgery
Among patients with blocked arteries in their neck, surgery may be the way to go. A surgical procedure to remove plaque build up in the neck's carotid artery has been found to have fewer serious risks than a less-invasive stent.
Heart Surgery Goes High Tech
A treatment to open clogged arteries could become safer for both patients and the doctors performing the procedures through a high tech robotic device found to increase precision.
Survival Higher for Bypass Surgery
Patients with blocked coronary arteries who receive bypass surgery are more likely to survive five years as compared to balloon angioplasty, though many clinical characteristics play a role in effectiveness.
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.