Angioplasty: Timing Is Key to Success
Study Shows Later Treatment May Not Help Some Heart Attack Patients
Angioplasty or Bypass Still Useful
The researchers emphasize that the findings only apply to the type of person
studied: those whose heart attacks are caused by a blockage in one major artery
and who are stable, with no chest pain when the angioplasty is performed three
to 28 days later.
"If you have continuing chest pain or you have blockages in multiple
arteries, you still need an intervention -- either angioplasty or bypass
surgery," Gardner tells WebMD.
Additionally, angioplasty can still be lifesaving and relieve chest pain and
other symptoms when performed within the 12-hour window, Hochman stresses.
"That's why it is so critical to seek medical care very early after
symptoms that could be a heart attack: chest discomfort, chest pressure or
tightness, or even arm discomfort.
"Don't deny something is happening and sit home and take antacids,"