Features April 2016 Issue

Treatment Choices for Older Heart Patients

A coronary artery stent can open up blood flow in a blood vessel in the heart. Depending on the nature of the blocked artery and the health of the patient, stent implantation can be an effective treatment for a patient of any age.

Treatment Choices for Older Heart Patients

Recent research suggests that patients 80 and older do well with invasive procedures following a heart attack or unstable angina.

A study called the After Eighty trial examined whether invasive procedures such as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as coronary angioplasty, would be a safe and effective treatment for patients 80 years old and older. PCI often includes the insertion of a stent into a blocked coronary artery to help improve blood flow. Researchers also looked at the success rates for octogenarians who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) to treat blocked blood vessels in the heart.

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