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Dec 28, 2005

Heart Attack And Blood Thinners

Heart Attack And Blood Thinners
How much of blood thinning is enough in patients with heart attack. That's the subject of new research for scientists from Duke University. Patients who had heart attack are usually given overdoses of powerful blood-thinning drugs in the emergency room, and this increasing their risk of serious bleeding, as per these researchers.

Researchers studied 30,136 heart attack patients who were treated last year at 387 hospitals located within the United States and found that, 42 percent got excessive doses of blood thinners. The chances of getting overdoses were particularly common in thin people, women, the elderly and those with kidney problems.

Those who received overdoses of the newer forms of blood thinners like lovenox or Fragmin, which is a low molecular weight form of commonly used heparin had more than a 30 percent increased chance of major bleeding than those given the recommended dose.

It is estimated that a total of 117,000 episodes of bleeding occur each year in these patients, including excessive bleeding at catheter sites, from pre-existing stomach ulcers, and in the brain, where it is particularly dangerous. The study suggests that 15 percent of these bleeding episodes are from overdoses and may be avoidable.

Daniel      



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Heart disease
About 13 million Americans (about 7 percent of the total population) suffer from coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in American men and women amounting a staggering 20 percent of all causes of death. About half of all deaths related to cardiovascular diseases occur from coronary artery disease. Through this heart watch blog we will have our humble contribution towards making men and women aware of the risks of heart diseases.

Heart Watch Blog: Heart Attack And Blood Thinners

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