'Super' aspirin and clot buster drug may help heart attack victims avoid surgery

Dallas, June 1 -- Two clot-thinning drugs may be better than one for treating heart attacks, according to results of new study that appears in today's Circulation:Journal of the American Heart Association.

One drug, called a thrombolytic, dissolves blood clots. The second drug, a platelet IIb/IIIa receptor blocker, keeps platelets from clumping and forming the blood clots that can obstruct blood flow and thereby trigger a heart attack or stroke. The platelet blockers, sometimes called "super aspirin" are more potent than aspirin. They are also administered through an intravenous drip or infusion.

According to lead investigator of the study, Elliott Antman, M.D., director of the Coronary Care Unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, "The trial tested the hypothesis that the platelet blocker is a potent and safe addition to thrombolytic regimens."

Results of the new study, called the TIMI 14 trial, are so impressive, that researchers say that many individuals with heart attacks who otherwise would require angioplasty or bypass surgery to restore blood flow to the heart may be treated instead with both drugs. Angioplasty involves using a narrow tube with a deflated balloon on its tip that is passed into the narrowed part of the artery. When the balloon is inflated, the blockages or blood clots are pushed aside, allowing blood to flow through. Bypass surgery is an operation that uses blood vessels "borrowed" from another part of the body to go around clogged coronary arteries to reestablish blood flow to the heart.

According to J. Ward Kennedy, M.D., who wrote an accompanying editorial, the investigators have "made a major contribution to the management of acute myocardial infarctions (heart attacks)" -- and identified a therapy, which will likely prove to be equivalent or superior to opening blood vessels with medical procedures such as angioplasty.

The study included 888 individuals who had suffered a heart attack. Patients were t

Contact: Carole Bullock
American Heart Association

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Many postmenopausal women with cardiovascular disease dont use lifesaving aspirin therapy
2. Survivors who stop taking aspirin increase risk of another stroke
3. Study says 43% of US adults at risk of heart disease are not utilizing aspirin therapy
4. Low-dose aspirin and stomach ulcer medications better for heart patients with GI complications
5. Statins and aspirin may protect against severe vision loss in elderly
6. One in five asthmatics are highly sensitive to aspirin
7. Baby and coated aspirin equally effective in thinning of blood when taken in combination with Plavix
8. Study supports role of aspirin in reducing risk of colorectal cancer
9. Mt. Sinai researchers report that aspirin reduces risk of first heart attack by one-third
10. Ibuprofen could reduce cardioprotective effect of aspirin
11. Totality of evidence shows aspirin reduces risk of a first heart attack by one-third

Post Your Comments:

(Date:9/1/2020)... ... September 01, 2020 , ... As fall and winter swiftly approach and ... Institute has taken this time to expand and grow into a full-fledged natural ... Cohn Health Institute will be relaunching its brand new website, expanding its services menu ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... N95 face masks to medical first responders across the United States. Since the ... of personal protective equipment (PPE) medical centers , hospitals , ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 31, 2020 , ... The pandemic and topsy-turvy economic outlook continues ... our budgets and look for ways to trim the fat from our monthly expenses and ... finances, but it’s also important that you have a financial safety net in place in ...
(Date:8/29/2020)... ... ... When professor and author Randy Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he accepted ... melancholic, however, he put together a final lecture in Carnegie Hall in which he ... situation and turned it into something that inspired millions of people worldwide. This inclination ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... ... August 28, 2020 , ... Integrated Viral Protection ... first Florida school to deploy its breakthrough Mobile Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System that ... North Classical Academy plans to fully reopen equipped with the filtration system on September ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/28/2020)... ... August 28, 2020 , ... Cano Health, LLC, a ... Florida and San Antonio is happy to announce that it has selected Tejano ... this capacity he will serve as community advisor, advertising talent, and creative consultant ...
(Date:8/27/2020)... ... August 27, 2020 , ... Austin Oral Surgery – an oral and maxillofacial ... David Szalay, DDS, MD, has joined the practice. An accomplished oral and maxillofacial surgeon, ... which is scheduled to open this fall. The new office is slated for 1601 ...
(Date:8/27/2020)... ... August 27, 2020 , ... Bridge To A Cure Foundation announces the ... adult and pediatric neuro-oncologist who serves on the Board of Directors at The Preston ... University Medical School. , Internationally recognized, Dr. Friedman is a widely published author of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: