Opening Arteries Helps Women After Heart Attacks

July 2, 2008

A new study has shown that women can benefit greatly from a procedure to open up their clogged arteries following a heart attack.  The procedure is called catheterization...Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that women can benefit greatly from a procedure to open up their clogged arteries following a heart attack. The procedure is called catheterization.

The new study was carried out at the TIMI Research Group at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

They found that women benefit just as much as men when going through a procedure to open up their clogged arteries after a heart attack.

They found that women who had the artery-opening treatment, or catheterization, had a 19% reduced death risk compared to women who had a conservative drug treatment. The benefit for men was a 27% reduced death risk.

The only catch is that for a woman to receive the true benfit, they would have had to have a full heart attack, which caused damage to the heart.

The procedure is done by placing a thin wire with a balloon where there is a clot in the artery. The balloon then gets blown up, allowing blood to pass.

The study has been published in the July 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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