August 28, 2004 |
Actor Patrick Stewart is recovering at home after undergoing an angioplasty procedure earlier this week to widen an artery, his publicist said Friday. Angioplasty involves the use of a catheter to place a small inflatable balloon in a narrowed blood vessel. When the balloon is inflated, the blood flows in the artery more freely. The 64-year-old Stewart -- who played Professor Charles Xavier in the "X-Men" film and its sequel and Capt.
October 15, 1996 |
Diabetics were twice as likely to die in the nine years after balloon angioplasty, a common procedure used to treat blocked arteries, a new study said. About 36% of diabetics died within nine years after balloon angioplasty, a rate double that of non-diabetics, the study found. Diabetics also experienced considerably higher rates of heart attacks as well as bypass surgeries and repeat angioplasties, said David Faxon, lead author of the study in the American Heart Assn. journal, Circulation.
August 23, 2008 |
The best path to a clogged heart may sometimes be through the wrist. About a million artery-clearing angioplasties are performed in the United States each year, and the usual route is a tube to the heart threaded through an artery in the groin. Now a major study shows that going through the wrist instead can significantly lower the risk of bleeding -- without the discomfort of lying flat for hours while the incision site seals. Just 1 in 100 angioplasties is done via the wrist, and the approach isn't for everyone.
September 11, 2010
A major new study on 1,800 patients with heart disease has found that coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG) are superior to angioplasty and stenting in the long run. New findings presented at a Geneva meeting of the European Assn. for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery show that patients who received angioplasty and a stent to hold arteries open were 28% more likely to suffer from a major adverse cardiovascular event, such as stroke or heart attack, were 46% more likely to require a second procedure to reopen the blocked blood vessels and were 22% more likley to die. Given that cardiovascular surgeons have suspected the benefits of bypass for a long time, the question is why angioplasty is so much more popular.
March 9, 1993 |
Women who undergo angioplasty--a common procedure in which a tiny balloon is used to reopen clogged arteries--are 10 times more likely than men to die in the hospital, according to a study that may renew debate about a possible bias in the treatment of female heart patients. The study, which appears today in Circulation, a journal published by the American Heart Assn., found that women angioplasty patients were likely to be older and sicker than the men.
February 21, 2009 |
Drugs and heart-bypass surgery protected patients better than artery-opening angioplasty and stents, according to two studies published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. In one of the studies, bypass surgery kept people alive as well as angioplasty with less risk that the artery would clog again. In the second, researchers found patients treated after a heart attack survived longer on drugs while their care cost $7,000 less than for those given angioplasties.