Multiple stents would cut heart deaths – study
A new preventative treatment for heart attacks could cut repeat problems in victims and save lives, doctors believe.
In heart operations, patients are usually fitted with a stent – a thin mesh tube – in the artery that triggered the heart attack to restore the blood flow, a treatment known as angioplasty.
It is common for other arteries to narrow in heart attack patients. Under the new technique, all narrowed arteries would be opened with stents to prevent future problems. Medical guidelines recommend that specialists only treat the artery which is blocked.
A UK trial of the preventative technique found that patients with stents placed in all narrowed arteries were 64pc less likely to die, suffer another serious heart attack or have severe angina over the next two years.
"The trial showed some of the most striking results for a treatment that I have ever seen," said Professor Colin Berry who co-wrote a report on the treatment.