NEW HEART ATTACK GUIDELINES ISSUED
Published Online: Saturday, September 1, 2007 [ ]
Two physician groups want a 2-pronged
approach for chest pain or heart attacks due to
partially blocked arteries. The American Heart
Association and the American College of
Cardiology have jointly issued new guidelines
based on improved information about who might
benefit from medical versus invasive therapy.
The guidelines recommend that stable and
lower-risk patients undergo a stress test, an echocardiogram, and
other heart-function tests. These patients also should receive
therapies to thwart a second heart attack?for example, the use
of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and other drugs. In
addition, more emphasis should be placed on smoking cessation
and improved control of cholesterol and blood pressure.
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