Anti-clotting treatment underused at many hospitals

WASHINGTON D.C., May 17 Academic hospitals are more likely than community or Veteran's Administration (VA) hospitals to follow national guidelines for treating patients at risk for blood clots with aspirin or warfarin.

That's one of the findings of a study presented today at the American Heart Association's 5th annual Scientific Forum on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke.

Among patients diagnosed with heart attack, 84.3 percent of those studied received aspirin upon arrival at academic hospitals, while just 65.8 percent at community hospitals and 60.2 percent at VA hospitals received it.

"This is really important because early administration of aspirin improves both the survival and reperfusion rates of the patients," said Joseph A. Caprini, M.D., director of surgical research at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and Feinberg School of Medicine.

The only exception was that VA hospitals performed better in using drugs to prevent blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that increases the risk for stroke.

"Although the guidelines recommend the use of anticoagulants, in actual practice, for one reason or another, the patients aren't getting the drug," Caprini said.

"Some of the hospitals in this study were among the best in the country. We need to bridge the gap between evidence-based guidelines and treatment based on good results in clinical practice. These differences are not because doctors don't know enough, it's because clinical practice is complicated."

The study compared treatment among 38 hospitals: 21 academic (2,077 patients), 13 community (1,295 patients) and four VA hospitals (406 patients). The researchers reviewed records for patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg), hip fracture or patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement surgery. These conditions increase the risk of b

Contact: Carole Bullock
American Heart Association

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Hormonal treatment improves survival in high-risk prostate cancer patients
2. Chronic pain treatments more effective when taken together, new study shows
3. Brain activity prior to treatment flags vulnerability to antidepressant side effects
4. Cultural and social factors influence prostate cancer treatment
5. Research offers hope of new treatments for liver damage
6. First mouse model for multiple system atrophy points to new treatment targets for brain diseases
7. Stanford patient is first to test new treatment for peripheral arterial disease
8. Scientist works on innovative treatments for brain tumors
9. Blacks less likely to get expensive, newer heart treatments
10. Growth hormone treatment improves symptoms of metabolic disorder in postmenopausal women
11. Study examines lessons learned at Africas first public antiretroviral treatment clinic

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/31/2020)... , ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... business management solution for chiropractors, announced today the launch of its integrated, HIPAA ... can start running their virtual practice in under 90 seconds. , According ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... , ... The pandemic and topsy-turvy economic outlook continues to put financial strain on many of ... trim the fat from our monthly expenses and put more into savings, if possible. , ... have a financial safety net in place in case something were to happen to you,” ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... directly with persons with autism and other developmental disabilities, as well as supporting ... parent education, adolescents with autism, school consultation, and staff development. She joined the ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... , ... August 28, 2020 , ... ... & CEO Craig Mandeville was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Florida ... honors entrepreneurial business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... ... August 28, 2020 , ... With ... set out to continue helping the specialty-diet community connect with great, gluten-free brands. ... get coupons, enter giveaways, chat with brands & watch over 50 educational classes... ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/3/2020)... ... September 03, 2020 , ... Using Analysis of Variance — A Practical ... 2020, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT, https://www.fdanews.com/anova , How much would it help ... one can’t become one in 90 minutes, one can master a powerful statistical technique ...
(Date:9/2/2020)... , ... September 02, 2020 , ... U.S. Dermatology ... Lee . Dr. Lee will work at Bethesda Dermatopathology Lab. , ... B.A. from the University of California, Berkley. He went on to receive his M.D. ...
(Date:9/1/2020)... ... ... While coronavirus cases continue to increase across the country, blood drives are being ... about 80% of blood donations are made at drives hosted by these groups, the ... to ensure blood products are readily available for patients. , Those interested can ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: