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Doctors Treat First Patient With Newly Approved Heart Stent

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Doctors Treat First Patient With Newly Approved Heart Stent

The first significant advance in heart stents in more than a decade is providing U.S. patients and their doctors with a new option for treating blockages in the coronary arteries that cause chest pain and heart attacks. Last week, cardiologists began implanting Abbott Laboratories ’ new biodegradable stent called Absorb in patients following its approval last Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Unlike the permanent metal devices that have been used to prop open diseased vessels for more than 20 years, Absorb is designed to fully dissolve within two to three years after it is deployed. Proponents of...

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Poor air quality increases patients' risk of heart attack

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Poor air quality increases patients' risk of heart attack

People with heart disease face an increased risk of a serious heart attack during poor air quality days, according to a major new study presented today at the American Heart Association Scientific Session in Orlando. The study of more than 16,000 patients by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City examined patients who had suffered three types of heart attacks -- STEMI, non-STEMI, and unstable angina -- to identify which type of heart attack was more likely on days when the air was especially polluted. For the study, researchers compared air quality measurements to the...

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