|Heart attack survivor Robert Steele sits in the back of an ambulance yesterday with paramedic Stacey Allen his wife Carmen Steele, paramedic Michel Houle and Dr. Paul Armstrong. A clot-busting drug, administered by paramedics under a program developed in Edmonton, saved his life. (QMI Agency) |
EDMONTON - University of Alberta researchers have pumped out a study that gives new hope to heart attack victims.
An international study led by U of A professor and senior cardiologist Dr. Paul Armstrong has found patients who receive "clot-busting" drugs within three hours of a heart attack, followed by an angioplasty, do as well as patients who only receive the angioplasty within three hours.
The Strategic Reperfusion Early After Myocardial Infarction (STREAM) study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Sunday while the study's co-lead, Belgian researcher Frans Van de Werf, presented the findings at American College of Cardiology conference in San Francisco.
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