Primary angioplasty after heart attack supported by new study

14 November 2012

Primary angioplasty after a heart attack is effective at helping to open a blocked coronary artery, a new study has found.

Research from Imperial College London carried out an analysis of treatment for heart attack patients across the UK, studying the effectiveness of different treatments that can help to reopen a blocked coronary artery during a heart attack.

During a primary angioplasty, the artery is reopened using a tube, while clot-dissolving drugs can also be used.

The study's authors noted that recent research has questioned how effective primary angioplasty is following a heart attack compared to the drugs.

However, their study found that the reason there appears to be similar outcomes for angioplasty compared to medication is because of a statistical bias.

Doctors tend to send the most urgent, highest risk patients for this procedure, as it is absolutely vital to them.

Our senior cardiac Nurse Ellen Mason said: “At the moment, throughout the world there is a trend towards using primary angioplasty in more patients – the UK continues to follow this trend because of continued research showing better outcomes for patients and quicker discharge times."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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