Bayer didn’t warn of Trasylol’s possible side effects, suit claims

| August 31, 2009

Bayer didn’t warn of Trasylol’s possible side effects, suit claims. A man and woman have filed a suit against Bayer, alleging they were not warned of possible side effects in a drug used to control bleeding in coronary artery bypass grafting. Don Juan Brown and Jean N. Snyder claim their use of Trasylol led to […]

In NEJM Editorial, UB Cardiologist Recommends Optimal Medical Therapy, CABG, over PCI in Diabetics with Heart Disease

| August 12, 2009

William E. Boden has written an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine that urges caution about new research on diabetics with coronary disease. Release Date: June 7, 2009 BUFFALO, N.Y. — In an editorial in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), William E. Boden, M.D., professor of medicine […]

Dr. Dean Ornish: Resuscitating Health Care Reform

| August 10, 2009

Mon, 08/10/2009 – 05:01 — – Health reform is in danger of failing because the focus has been too much on who is covered and not enough on what is covered. Health care reform is primarily about health insurance reform, with the main battle being over coverage and the payment system. Of course, we need […]

Buyer Beware: Statins To Lower Cholesterol Are Not a Panacea

| July 29, 2009

I’m sure that many of you read about the study showing that Crestor, a popular statin drug manufactured by AstraZeneca, has been found to confer an additional and potentially even greater benefit than its ability to lower cholesterol. Researchers, funded by AstraZeneca, wanted to explain why half of the people who have heart attacks and […]

Bypass or Angioplasty No Better Than Drug Therapy in Reducing Deaths Among Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease

| July 22, 2009

International Multicenter Study Led by the University of Pittsburgh Published in New England Journal of Medicine and Presented at American Diabetes Association 69th Scientific Sessions NEW ORLEANS, June 7, 2009 – There is no difference in mortality among patients with type 2 diabetes and stable heart disease who received prompt bypass surgery or angioplasty compared to […]

Stents no better than heart drugs in diabetics

| July 14, 2009

By Julie Steenhuysen Monday, 8 June 2009 CHICAGO (Reuters) – Diabetics with stable heart disease do just as well taking drugs alone as getting quick angioplasty or bypass surgery to open blocked heart arteries, U.S. researchers said on Sunday. They said patients advised to have angioplasty and a heart stent to restore blood flow and […]

What Is Angina Heart Disease?

| July 14, 2009

By Yogesh Mishra 06 Jul 2009 Angina heart disease is a fatal condition occurring due to myocardial ischemia as a result of the loss of balance between myocardial blood supply and demand for oxygen. The contraction of coronary arteries mostly causes disruption in blood supply resulting in arteriosclerosis and pain. This pain mostly occurs due […]

Soothing Angina

| July 14, 2009

By Matthew Herper and Robert Langreth 07.13.09 One million Americans suffer heart attacks every year. Quickly getting their arteries propped open with stents saves lives, studies have found. But millions more develop heart symptoms gradually. Usually it comes in the form of angina, a squeezing pain in the chest or arms caused by clogged arteries […]

FDA approves Effient to reduce risk of heart attack in angioplasty patients

| July 14, 2009

WASHINGTON, July 10 (Xinhua) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the blood-thinning drug Effient tablets (prasugrel) to reduce the risk of blood clots from forming in patients who undergo angioplasty, a common procedure to unblock a clogged coronary artery.     During an angioplasty, a balloon is used to open the artery that […]

Various Heart Problems and Their Treatment

| July 14, 2009

Introduction Heart disease is a general term that refers to a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions that affect one or more of the components of the heart. . Diseases affecting the heart may be structural or functional. Anything that damages the heart or decreases the heart’s supply of oxygen, makes it less efficient, […]