HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Emergency clopidogrel could save thousands of lives46,000-patient heart attack trial results

Orlando: Adding the anti-platelet drug clopidogrel to aspirin for the emergency treatment of heart attacks could save thousands of lives a year worldwide and prevent thousands of repeat heart attacks and strokes, according to new research presented today (Wednesday 9 March) at the American College of Cardiology annual conference.

The study also established that giving the beta-blocker metoprolol as an emergency treatment for heart attacks cuts the risks of repeat heart attacks and of ventricular fibrillation[1]. But, early use of beta-blocker treatment raises the risk of cardiac shock in the immediate aftermath of a heart attack, and these early benefits and hazards tend to cancel each other out.

The findings are from the 45,852-patient COMMIT/CCS-2 randomised study[2] the largest ever conducted in China and the second largest study of emergency heart attack treatment in the world. This five-year joint Chinese/British venture involving 1,250 hospitals was organised by the Fuwai Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China, and the Clinical Trial Service Unit (CTSU) of Oxford University, UK.

Aspirin and clopidogrel are anti-platelet drugs that prevent blood clots through different mechanisms. The use of aspirin for the emergency treatment of heart attacks had been shown previously to reduce the risk of death and repeat heart attacks by about one quarter. The objective of COMMIT/CCS-2 was to see whether adding clopidogrel to aspirin might be even more beneficial than aspirin alone.

Beta-blockers are proven effective long-term treatment in the years after a heart attack. But, their value as emergency treatment is uncertain and such use is limited, although current guidelines advise prompt administration unless there are contraindications. COMMIT/CCS-2 aimed to establish whether using intravenous then oral metoprolol during a heart attack could cut deaths and reduce the risk of repeat heart attac
'"/>

Contact: Margaret Willson
m.willson@mwcommunications.org.uk
44-153-677-2181
MW Communications
9-Mar-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Emergency department study supports giving dehydrated children fluids by mouth
2. Emergency departments failing to meet essential standards for children
3. Emergency contraception issues featured during web-based conference
4. Emergency cardiac monitoring strategy tested in ambulances
5. Emergency angioplasty OK without surgical back-up
6. Emergency physicians to convene in Seattle in October
7. Emergency hospital team halves cardiac arrest deaths
8. Lifepoint reports performance results of THC detection in human saliva at American College Of Emergency Physicians
9. Emergency contraception is used when needed but doesnt increase high-risk sex, according to UCSF study
10. Emergency angioplasty or bypass surgery saves lives of heart attack patients with cardiogenic shock
11. Better Emergency Medical Assistance Should Be Provided At Marathons

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/23/2020)... ... ... SignatureCare Emergency Center is set to expand to North Dallas with the opening ... heart of Lewisville, on 1596 W. Main St., Lewisville, TX 75067, the new location ... , It will serve residents and businesses around Lewisville, TX, including Double Oak, Copper ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... Okla (PRWEB) , ... January 23, 2020 , ... ... partnered with RespirCare, LLC, a first-of-its-kind, full-service pulmonology clinic based in Tulsa, to ... Under the agreement, MCNDOH patients will also have access to HGE Health’s digital ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Let’s face it; the holidays were a stressful time, a ... and secrets were revisited. It’s easy to understand why many folks prefer to duck ... families, the holidays posed additional stress for which there is no “cookie-cutter” solution. , ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... ... January 23, 2020 , ... Merger and acquisition activity in the Physician Medical ... according to data from HealthCareMandA.com. The total is the lowest reported in the previous ... deals were announced. , One deal disclosed a price in the fourth quarter of ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... ... January 23, 2020 , ... MemoryCare.com , a ... the Best Memory Care Facilities in Pensacola, Florida. The guide identifies 7 memory ... , According to the Alzheimer’s Association , 5.6 million people age 65 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/23/2020)... ... January 23, 2020 , ... “It’s complicated.” The phrase ... architecture providing function to a person’s hand, wrist, arm and shoulder. “Which is ... surgeon -- when anything goes wrong up or down this superhighway of interconnected ...
(Date:1/22/2020)... SHIRLEY, N.Y. (PRWEB) , ... January 22, 2020 ... ... of its new Biodex Advantage BX software to U.S. customers. A total redesign ... System 4 Dynamometer with more streamlined functionality and intuitive navigation, while maintaining the ...
(Date:1/22/2020)... FRANKLIN, Tenn. (PRWEB) , ... January 22, 2020 ... ... provider of test automation solutions and technical services exclusively to the healthcare industry, ... firm to establish a comprehensive test automation program for its Epic EHR. SIH ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: