New McMaster University in Hamilton research comes up with some guidelines for doctors who are treating heart attack survivors. The new study revealed that when docs open narrow arteries, in hospitalized patients or post-operatory ones, those people are less likely to have additional heart conditions that could cause their death.
The new research results, called ‘COMPLETE,’ are meant to change the manner the doctors treat their heart attack patients, as per Dr. Shamir Mehta, the head of Interventional Cardiology from McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada.
“Is very clear – a sweeping change in practice across the world. It helps us solidify how patients with multi-vessel disease should be treated,” Dr. Mehta said. “When the patient is in the throes of a major heart attack, there’s no need to rush in and do a second procedure and put the patient at risk. You can do it the next day if the patient is stabilized, and there are no other medical issues. But if they’re frail or have kidney disease, you may want to give them time to recover,” he added.
New McMaster Research Revealed How Treating Heart Attack Survivors Should Change
The researchers made their findings public during the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Paris and online in The New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists measured that, thanks to their method, 1-in-13 patients would not develop a heart-related death, due to heart attacks or other post-operatory issues.
“This is really a compelling result. I think this will be embraced and taken into clinical practice across the world,” explained Dr. Gregg Fonarow from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, a researcher who was not implicated in the study.
According to Dr. Gregg Fonarow, also, the new McMaster research targets those patients who suffered from a heart attack type known as ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, a condition that causes about 30% of all heart attacks across Canada.