Navigation Links
Death from heart attack can be reduced by new drug combination

Heart attack remains one of the significant causes for mortality in more than 10 million people all over the world. It accounts for 29.2 percent of total global deaths according to the World Health Organization.// People who survive the episode require long-term care and support. Amongst the risk factors, the important ones are obesity, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

A majority of the deaths can now be prevented by a combination of aspirin and another drug Clopidogrel. The drug combination has been found to be very effective in preventing the clot formation in such patients.

Aspirin is a standard emergency treatment given to heart attack patients and the proposed drug (Clopidogrel) is the world's fourth biggest-selling drug. If the clopidogrel therapy was instituted to just 1 million people then more than 10000 deaths, non-fatal repeat heart attacks and stroke could be prevented.

The efficacy of the drug has been studied in a group of 45,800 patients against a placebo and patients who received 75 milligrams of the drug daily, in addition to an aspirin or other treatment for 4 weeks, had a 7 % and 14 % reduction in death rate and repeat heart attack rate respectively.

The researchers also found that using the blood pressure drug metoprolol intravenously and then orally as an emergency treatment for heart attacks reduced the relative risk of a repeat attack but raised the odds of cardiac shock, especially in the first day or so after being admitted to hospital.

The drug is complementary to aspirin but works in a different way. Only about two weeks of treatment with the drug would be needed so the costs would be small. The safety and the efficacy of the drug have also been satisfactory. Hence it has been suggested that the drug be used routinely on top of aspirin to produce a moderate yet significant health benefit in the emergency treatment of heart attack.


'"/>




Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. White Cells Count Can Predict Heart Attack Death Risk
2. Bayer Voluntarily Withdraws BAYCOL - A Drug Associated With 50 Deaths
3. AIDS toll set to exceed Black Death
4. Fish Oil Fights Arrhythmias, Sudden Death
5. Painkiller Linked to Deaths
6. Death due to premature heartbeat after exercise
7. Preventing Childhood Deaths
8. Death Risk Higher in Obese Women with Colon Cancer
9. Death Among the Homeless
10. Diabetes on the Increase but Death Rate Falling
11. Drug Users and Risk of Death
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/22/2017)... NASHVILLE, Tenn. (PRWEB) , ... August 22, 2017 ... ... Company, is pleased to announce the addition of Zack Tisch as the ... services for the KLAS-ranked healthcare IT consulting firm’s national accounts, from assisting clients ...
(Date:8/22/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... “To Walk Away”: ... a B17 bomber named Edward Koontz. “To Walk Away” is the creation of published ... has published over two hundred manuscripts in chemistry and religion, as well as four ...
(Date:8/22/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... John Stewart ... and Managing Member for t4 Leadership Development & Consulting. He has spent his ... of “success”: physician leadership development, servant leadership, data driven process improvement, and supportive ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... ... without risk to health and safety. By learning and implementing best practices for ... , In this webinar, attendees will gain a better understanding of a method ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Five chefs from local senior assisted living homes will serve ... Guests will be able to vote for their favorite Chef among the following: , ... Salad, Feta Cheese Sauce & Garlic Pita Crisp, Greek Mountain Ice Tea , ITALY, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/10/2017)... LAKEWOOD, Colo. , Aug. 10, 2017  Physical Rehabilitation ... Therapy, located in Lakewood, Colorado . The ... Jeff Lipkin , PT, DPT with his staff of ... the University of Pittsburgh and brings over 10 years of ... Belmar PT marks the 10th PRN clinic ...
(Date:8/8/2017)...   Second-quarter 2017 ... loss per share from continuing operations ... 16 percent to $110 million ... to $161 million Second-quarter ... operations increased 8 percent to $0.93 ...
(Date:8/7/2017)... Ind. , Aug. 7, 2017 Zimmer Biomet ... musculoskeletal healthcare, today announced that its Board of Directors has ... for the third quarter of 2017. ... be paid on or about October 27, 2017 to stockholders ... 22, 2017.  Future declarations of dividends are subject to approval ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: