June 5, 2012 |
Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, who retired as Dodgers manager after a heart attack in 1996, had a “mild heart attack” Monday while in New York City. He is 84, and reports say he had a stent inserted to clear a blocked coronary artery and is resting stably and comfortably at a hospital in New York City. What is a “mild heart attack,” anyway? “A 'mild heart attack' is like being a little bit pregnant -- it's still a heart attack,” said cardiologist Dr. Robert Greenfield, chairman of medicine at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley.
May 11, 2011 |
You can lead a cardiologist to water but, apparently, you cannot make him drink. Despite the results of a recent major clinical trial that demonstrated conclusively that good medical therapy is just as effective as balloon angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery for treating stable coronary disease, fewer than half of cardiologists use such therapy before subjecting their patients to the much more expensive surgical intervention, researchers said...
April 5, 2011 |
Performing angioplasty and angiography through the radial artery of the arm is as effective as the traditional method of entering through the femoral artery of the groin, but has fewer complications and is more comfortable for the patient, researchers reported Monday. And for rescue operations performed while the patient is suffering a heart attack caused by a complete blockage of a coronary artery, using the radial artery is superior, the researchers said at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans.
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.