Health News

Drugs Prevent Stroke and Expensive Surgery
Price tag doesn't always signify the success of a treatment. An expensive surgical procedure designed to prevent recurrent strokes does not appear to be any more effective than simply taking medication.
Aspirin Effective for PAD Patients
Patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) appear to be able to improve their ability to walk without pain for longer periods when taking aspirin in conjunction with walking therapy.
Drugs That put 'Old Folks' in the Hospital
While medicines help millions of patients battle their illnesses, they also have potentially dangerous side effects. Older adults are especially at risk of hospitalization related to their drug treatments.
Absorbing Stent Posts Early Trial Success
A new bioabsorbable stent used to prop open blood vessels following a procedure to open blocked arteries has shown promise in an early trial among coronary artery disease patients.
Aspirin and Plavix Don't Mix
Taking both clopidogrel ( Plavix ) and aspirin together does not appear to cut the risk of recurrent deep brain strokes. Research suggests it also increases the risk of bleeding events or dying.
Plavix Allergy May be so Passe'
Allergic reactions to Plavix can lead many people to stop taking it and miss out on valuable treatment. Luckily, it looks like the allergic reaction to Plavix can be overcome.
Genetic Test Not Necessary Before Taking Plavix
After an artery-opening procedure following a heart attack, some patients take Plavix ( clopidogrel ) to treat or prevent a blood clot. Though the drug isn't as effective in some individuals, genetic testing is not needed, a recent study suggests.
Tearing the Scab off Bleeding Myths
Bleeding during surgery is always a concern, particularly with operations involving the digestive tract. A new study shows these concerns may not be warranted in some cases.
Empowering Heart Patients to Live Longer
Taking action today will deliever many health benefits tomorrow. Patients who have already had a heart attack or stroke require substantial lifestyle changes to improve their quality of life.