Navigation Links
Many Heart Patients Place False Hope in Angioplasty
Date:9/8/2010

By Ellin Holohan
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Many heart patients harbor the misguided notion that angioplasty, a common procedure to open clogged arteries, will also cut their risk of heart attacks and death, a new study shows.

In fact, the evidence suggests that angioplasty only reduces angina (cardiac-linked chest pain) in stable heart patients -- people whose condition has not changed recently and who are not experiencing a heart attack. The procedure does not reduce the risk of heart attack or death for these patients.

However, the new study found that 88 percent of stable patients who underwent angioplasty at a hospital in Massachusetts thought the procedure would reduce their risk of heart attack. And two-thirds of the patients didn't even suffer the kind of pain that angioplasty would likely remedy, the study authors noted.

Furthermore, most patients stuck to their beliefs even after spending time with a cardiologist who explained the risks and benefits to them, and had them sign an informed consent form prior to the angioplasty.

The study "shows the disconnect between what doctors know and what patients understand. In order to have real informed consent, patients have to understand not just the risks, but also the benefits of whatever treatment is proposed," said study author Dr. Michael Rothberg, of the Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.

The findings were published in the Sept. 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

During angioplasty, a tube is inserted at the groin and snaked up to the affected artery, where a balloon opens the blockage. A stent (a flexible mesh tube) is often left in place to help prop open the artery and maintain blood flow. Angioplasty involves some risk but the rate of death during the procedure is less than 1 percent, experts note.

In the study, patients
'/>"/>

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. ICU Patients at Risk for Rare Heart Rhythm Problem
2. Cook With Love This Valentines Day With Heart-Smart Recipes
3. Study finds racial gaps continue in heart disease awareness
4. Highmark Foundation Awards $120,000 to the American Heart Association
5. Womens Heart Disease Awareness Still Lacking
6. American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report: Study Finds Racial Gaps Continue in Heart Disease Awareness, Low Knowledge of Heart Attack Warning Signs Among Women
7. Migraine Linked to Increased Heart Attack Risk
8. PERSONALABS Offers Discounted Healthy Heart Online Blood Tests in February
9. Compound shows promise against intractable heart failure
10. New American Heart Association Survey Finds Heart Disease and Stroke Patients Face Significant Barriers in Obtaining Quality, Affordable Care
11. Ex-President Clinton Undergoes Heart Procedure
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Many Heart Patients Place False Hope in Angioplasty
(Date:5/30/2015)... PA (PRWEB) May 30, 2015 You've probably ... cause injury and hearing loss. However, have you found a ... wife from Olathe, Kan., have exactly what you need. , ... removing wax build-up; dirt and dead, dry skin from the ... standard cotton swabs or anything on the market today for ...
(Date:5/30/2015)... (PRWEB) May 30, 2015 Promising clinical ... Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting 2015 show activity of the ... one case specifically against brain metastases and in another ... cancer patients. , "I am thrilled to have been ... her early 40s. She didn't have any other great ...
(Date:5/30/2015)... Houston, Texas (PRWEB) May 30, 2015 ... week for 2015’s Aesthetic Meeting, sponsored by the American ... many industry vendors on hand was Zeltiq, the parent ... the aesthetic space, CoolSculpting. With blazing growth, the ... , Zeltiq is currently in the ...
(Date:5/30/2015)... (PRWEB) May 30, 2015 NovaSure® endometrial ... lighten or stop periods, without the side effects ... can reduce or stop menstrual bleeding and works by ... (the part that causes the bleeding), with a quick ... suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding. Many women begin ...
(Date:5/30/2015)... NC (PRWEB) May 30, 2015 The ... that crocidolite asbestos has a high potential to cause ... the full story now on the Surviving Mesothelioma ... Institute of Occupational Medicine in Lodz, Poland found that, ... asbestos workers between 1970 and 2012, all of them ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Improved Ear Hygiene Tool Invented by InventHelp Clients (KSC-952) 2Health News:ONT-380 has Stage IV HER2+ Breast Cancer Patient 'Worrying About Normal Stuff Again' 2Health News:ONT-380 has Stage IV HER2+ Breast Cancer Patient 'Worrying About Normal Stuff Again' 3Health News:Dr. Paul Vitenas Meets with Zeltiq President and CEO in Montreal 2Health News:Dr. Paul Vitenas Meets with Zeltiq President and CEO in Montreal 3Health News:Women's Excellence Now Provides NovaSure Treatment 2Health News:New Study Finds Close Link Between Crocidolite Asbestos and Deadly Mesothelioma, According to Surviving Mesothelioma 2
... A unique study conducted by researchers at University of California ... children in the U.S. reveals that it is much higher ... warned about the possibility of back pain as a result ... more than 7000 school-going children present in the emergency room ...
... There is another feather in the coffee cap proposed by ... which says that drinking a cup of coffee with 100 ... procedure for the study involved 15 healthy men aged 26 ... caffeine and then when they consumed a placebo. 100 mg ...
... at preventing amputations and other disease-related complications in diabetics ... State of Tamil Nadu, courtesy a hospital initiative//. ... Initiative in the Community (DAPIC)" programme at Maragal Kandigai ... as a boon. DAPIC seeks to prevent diabetic foot ...
... activity in children's with autism and found that ... The Researchers found //that the autism children's had less ... and imitating others action and expressing facial response. The ... Neuroscience. ,Autism is a developmental disorder that ...
... executed prisoners being sold to foreigners for human transplantation ... Chinese health officials, who have been passive// about the ... widespread prevalence of such an inhuman act. ... from total strangers (were paid for their donation) and ...
... outbreak was detected in Ukraine (Crimea peninsula) and hence domestic ... for the purpose//. Health workers and emergency workers are recruited ... ducks and geese) and destroy them thereby the outbreak can ... bird that was killed. ,Various other ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Widespread Commercialisation Of Human Organ Donation In China 2
(Date:5/30/2015)... , May 30, 2015  Eisai Inc. announced today the ... that eribulin met the study,s primary endpoint evaluating overall survival ... (ADI), two types of advanced soft tissue sarcoma. These data ... of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in ... conference on Saturday, May 30, and also in an oral ...
(Date:5/30/2015)... May 30, 2015 Caris Life Sciences®, ... promise of precision medicine, today announced the presentation ... utility of Caris Molecular Intelligence®, the company,s panomic ... tumors that share histological features. In separate presentations ... of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago, ...
(Date:5/29/2015)... - Alliance Principle Ingredients/Neutrical Solutions Inc., in consultation with ... Health Ginger in Bentonite (NPN 80053535) due to ... The product currently contains levels of lead beyond ... for adult dosing. Ginger in Bentonite ... Alliance Principle Ingredients / Neutrical Solutions Inc. has ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Phase 3 Trial Investigating Eribulin in Patients with Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma Demonstrated Improved Overall Survival 2Phase 3 Trial Investigating Eribulin in Patients with Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma Demonstrated Improved Overall Survival 3Phase 3 Trial Investigating Eribulin in Patients with Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma Demonstrated Improved Overall Survival 4Phase 3 Trial Investigating Eribulin in Patients with Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma Demonstrated Improved Overall Survival 5Phase 3 Trial Investigating Eribulin in Patients with Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma Demonstrated Improved Overall Survival 6Caris Molecular Intelligence Multi-Platform Tumor Profiling Facilitates Comparisons between Tumors that Share Histological Features 2Caris Molecular Intelligence Multi-Platform Tumor Profiling Facilitates Comparisons between Tumors that Share Histological Features 3Caris Molecular Intelligence Multi-Platform Tumor Profiling Facilitates Comparisons between Tumors that Share Histological Features 4Caris Molecular Intelligence Multi-Platform Tumor Profiling Facilitates Comparisons between Tumors that Share Histological Features 5Caris Molecular Intelligence Multi-Platform Tumor Profiling Facilitates Comparisons between Tumors that Share Histological Features 6
... The DataMate Laser ... System consists of laser-printable ... closure wristband and laser ... paperwork. The wristbands clear, ...
Use these popular insert style bands to secure a bar code label inside the wristband pocket for maximum convenience and security....
... PDCs computer-generated Thermal Printing Wristbands and ... direct thermal and thermal transfer printers. ... activate a heat-sensitive thermal coating under ... printers use heat to transfer highly ...
... Designed for use in ... Alzheimer units, where you may ... which is easy to apply ... The band's width is increased ...
Medicine Products: