Aspirin ‘Resistance’ May Make for Worse Strokes: Study

February 23, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who are “resistant” to aspirin may be at risk for larger, more severe strokes, South Korean researchers report.
Doctors often prescribe low-dose aspirin to people at high risk of stroke because the drug helps prevent blood clots. But for about 28 percent of stroke patients […]

Newer Blood Thinner Beats Heparin for Certain Heart Attacks

February 17, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A blood thinner already used to treat dangerous blood clots in the limbs and lungs appears to be safer in treating certain heart attacks than the more powerful blood thinner that’s traditionally used, a new Swedish study has found.
Patients who received fondaparinux to treat a […]

Prolonged Rescue Efforts May Not Help Young Drowning Victims: Study

February 11, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Prolonged efforts to save young drowning victims doesn’t help those whose hearts have stopped and who have a dangerously low body temperature, according to a new study that challenges current guidelines.
Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children worldwide, the Dutch researchers noted.
Drowning victims often have […]

More Stroke Patients Getting Clot-Buster Quickly, Study Shows

February 11, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More community hospitals are giving a powerful clot-busting medication to stroke victims, improving their chances of survival and recovery, new research shows.
These local hospitals are becoming more comfortable using the clot-busting drug tPA (tissue-plasminogen activator) due to a new treatment scheme known as “drip and […]

Effectiveness of Implanted Defibrillators May Depend on Patient’s Age

February 10, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) prolong survival among heart patients who face a high risk for sudden cardiac death, a new review of research indicates.
But, ICDs may not benefit all patients to the same degree, as their effectiveness seems to diminish somewhat with the advancing age of […]

Implanted Device May Improve Hard-to-Treat Chest Pain

February 4, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A stent-like device placed in a heart vein may bring relief to some people with otherwise untreatable cases of angina, a small clinical trial finds.
The study, published in the Feb. 5 New England Journal of Medicine, included 104 patients with severe angina that had eluded […]

72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA Says

January 28, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Automated external defibrillators — the kind that are installed and ready for use in many public spaces — can save lives when needed.
But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that since 2005, it has also received 72,000 reports of the devices failing.
The agency said that, based […]

Neck Artery Stents May Not Be Worthwhile in ‘Real World’ Setting

January 14, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Placing stents in the neck arteries, to prop them open and help prevent strokes, may be too risky for older, sicker patients, a new study suggests.
In fact, almost a third of Medicare patients who had stents placed in their neck (carotid) arteries died during an […]

FDA OKs New Anti-Clotting Drug for Heart Rhythm Disorder

January 9, 2015

FRIDAY, Jan. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new anti-clotting drug to reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots and strokes in people with a type of heart rhythm disorder has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Savaysa (edoxaban) is approved to treat people with atrial fibrillation that’s not caused by a heart […]

Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

December 17, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Using a stent to capture and remove a stroke-causing blood clot is safe and improves recovery, Dutch researchers report.
About one-third of patients who had the procedure — called intraarterial treatment — recovered from their stroke with only slight disability and were able to care […]


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