November 28, 2005 |
The blood-thinning drug Lovenox works as well as a standard artery-clearing drug in patients with severe heart-related chest pain, but neither reduced the risk of death after a year of treatment, a study has found. The research, paid for by Aventis Pharmaceuticals, a member of the Sanofi-Aventis Group that makes Lovenox, involved nearly 10,000 patients at 487 hospitals in 12 countries who suffered from acute coronary syndromes -- severe angina that cannot be treated with surgery or angioplasty.
December 10, 2003 |
CV Therapeutics Inc. needs to conduct more studies on its Ranexa drug before it can be used to treat chest pain, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said. The Palo Alto biotechnology company is seeking approval to sell Ranexa for treating angina, the pain caused when the heart muscle is deprived of oxygen. The panel agreed with the FDA's staff, which Monday recommended more tests because of concerns over how Ranexa affects heart rhythms.
December 5, 2005 |
WELL-KNOWN for the crushing pain they can produce in the chest, heart attacks don't usually occur more than a few times. Angina pain, however, can be just as intense -- and sufferers can be doubled over in agony several times a week. Although the cardiac condition is not fatal, the underlying cause makes it more likely that sufferers will have a heart attack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1987
So Michael Fox, director of the Humane Society, is horrified that genetic engineers who now improve livestock will inevitably some day be "tinkering with the human being" (Part I, April 18). Has Fox seen people with cancer, AIDS, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, angina, or epilepsy? Has he seen people with high blood pressure and people with low I.Q.? Hurrah, I say, for those who would tinker to improve the human being! They should start this afternoon. GEORGE W. FEINSTEIN Altadena
March 15, 2004 |
For some people, exercising 20 minutes a day could relieve chest pain more effectively than an angioplasty with stents. German researchers studied 101 men age 70 and younger who suffered mild angina during exertion such as exercise. All were considered at low risk of heart attack because they had stable coronary artery disease and their hearts had good pumping ability.
April 10, 2000 |
Certain dates stick in your memory. One I may never forget is Dec. 15, 1998. That was the night I didn't have a heart attack, though you could have fooled me for a few hours that evening. I had just lugged a Christmas tree from the trunk of my car to our backyard, where I planned to leave it until the next day. As I leaned over to set the tree down on the patio, I felt a pain in my chest. A rush of thoughts hit me, none terribly happy. I ignored them. Not for long, though.