Skip to content

    Heart Disease Health Center

    Font Size

    Help for High-Risk Heart Attacks

    Study Shows Angioplasty After Treatment With Clot-Busting Drugs Reduces Complications

    Second Opinions continued...

    In the recent study, he notes, the major benefits in the group that got clot busters followed quickly by angioplasty were prevention of the vessel from becoming occluded again and prevention of repeat heart attacks.

    The take-home message, says Goodman, is that time is of the essence in getting treatment for a loved one you suspect is having a heart attack.

    "The most important thing is to call 911 and get an ambulance to take you to the closest emergency department,'' he says. "Don't worry about whether it does or does not have angioplasty capability."

    That way, a patient can get the clot buster and be transferred, if necessary, early on, Goodman says.

    In the U.S., nearly 80% of the adult population resides within an hour drive of a center that does have angioplasty capabilities.

    The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Roche, Canada.

    1 | 2 | 3

    Today on WebMD

    x-ray of human heart
    A visual guide.
    atrial fibrillation
    Symptoms and causes.
    heart rate graph
    10 things to never do.
    heart rate
    Get the facts.
    empty football helmet
    red wine
    eating blueberries
    Simple Steps to Lower Cholesterol
    Inside A Heart Attack
    Omega 3 Sources
    Salt Shockers
    lowering blood pressure