Stents Meant to Prevent Stroke May Actually Boost Risk

March 24, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Using stents rather than medication alone to keep narrowed arteries open in the brain may actually increase patients’ risk of stroke, according to the results of a new trial.
The study involved more than 100 patients at risk of stroke because of what’s called […]


Manual Clot Removal After Heart Attack May Not Help, Could Harm

March 16, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study calls into question the value of removing blood clots from a patient’s heart arteries during angioplasty, a procedure to open blocked arteries.
Although manually removing clots has become common medical practice, this study of more than 10,000 heart attack patients found no benefit […]


Better Treatments Helping People With Enlarged Hearts Live Longer: Study

March 14, 2015

SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Advances in treatment mean that people with an enlarged heart now live longer than they did 10 or 15 years ago, a new study finds.
Researchers examined death rates and causes of death between 1992 and 2011 among 1,000 adults with the condition, which is clinically known […]


Newer Blood Thinner May Improve Outcomes for Heart Attack Survivors

March 14, 2015

SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Long-term use of the newer anti-clotting drug Brilinta cut heart attack survivors’ future risk of heart attack, stroke or heart-related death, a new study found.
The study was funded by Brilinta’s maker, AstraZeneca, and was scheduled for presentation Saturday in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American […]


Good Heart Health May Help Stave Off Dementia, Study Says

March 10, 2015

TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Good heart health may help protect you against Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, a new study suggests.
Vanderbilt University researchers analyzed data from just over 1,000 people who were followed for 11 years. During that time, 32 participants developed dementia, including 26 with Alzheimer’s.
People with poorer heart […]


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 […]



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