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.