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Cutting Off Blood Flow Limits Damage During Heart Attack
Date:2/26/2010

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center.

Caution about the technique is advisable because "particularly for patients with acute heart attacks, many interventions have shown promise in single-center trials but have not had the same effect in multi-center trials," Kirtane said.

But induced ischemia does have appeal, he said. "If you can consistently have the same kind of outcome these doctors have observed, that is pretty exciting," Kirtane said.

A report in the Feb. 26 online edition of The Lancet described a study led by British researchers that found that surgery to remove blockages in the carotid artery, the main blood vessel to the brain, is safer and better at preventing a stroke than implanting a stent, a thin metal tube, to improve blood flow.

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Current heart attack treatments are described by the American Heart Association.



SOURCES: Hans Erik Botker, M.D., professor, cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, Denmark; Jacob Vinten-Johansen, Ph.D, professor, cardiothoracic surgery, Emory University, Atlanta; Ajay J. Kirtane, M.D., interventional cardiologist, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center, New York City; Feb. 27, 2010, The Lancet


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