Features August 2007 Issue

Angioplasty Best Treatment For Silent Ischemia

Swiss study shows asymptomatic patients who receive angioplasty after a heart attack fare better than those on medication only.

Months after a heart attack, even if you have no symptoms, your doctor may recommend a percutaneous procedure—one that snakes a balloon and possibly a stent into an artery through a blood vessel from the groin. Angioplasty has proven more effective than simply taking medication to treat ischemia, which is a restriction in blood flow caused by constriction or obstruction of blood vessels, according to a Swiss study published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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