Timing Everything in Early Heart Attack Treatment

It determines whether clot-busting drugs or angioplasty is best, researchers say

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MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2003 (HealthDayNews) -- Time is a factor in determining whether clot-busting drugs or balloon angioplasty offer the best early treatment for heart attack.

That's what a French study reports in the Nov. 17 online issue of Circulation.

The randomized study compared the effectiveness of clot-busting drugs given to heart attack patients en route to hospital with balloon angioplasty given to heart attack patients upon arrival at hospital.

The study found the clot-busting drugs seemed to offer more benefit when given within two hours of the onset of heart attack symptoms. Patients treated two to six hours after the start of heart attack symptoms seemed to do better when treated with balloon angioplasty.

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SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Nov. 17, 2003

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