Published: Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Golden Jubilee cardiologists help prove that preventative angioplasty could save thousands of lives
Preventive angioplasty cuts the risk of death and other serious complications, according to research by cardiologists in the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The ‘PRAMI study’ involved 465 patients recruited between 2008 and 2013 and was conducted at specialist heart centres across theUK, including the London Chest,Norfolk and Norwich, Newcastle and Glasgow’s Golden Jubilee.
It concluded that patients who had stents placed in their other narrowed arteries, at the same time as the one that triggered the heart attack, were 64 per cent less likely to die, suffer another serious heart attack or have severe angina over the subsequent two years.
Co-author Professor Colin Berry, from the University of Glasgow, commented: “Currently, following a heart attack, patients undergo an emergency operation called an angioplasty. During this procedure, a stent (thin cylindrical metal mesh tube) is inserted into the blocked artery to restore normal blood. .However, around half the patients also have significant narrowings in other arteries which could cause another heart attack in the future.”
Senior author, Professor Keith Oldroyd, based at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, explained the benefits of the research. He said: “The PRAMI trial shows very clearly that patients have a much better outcome if these other narrowed arteries are stented at the same time as the one that triggered the attack. This strategy is also much more cost effective for the Health Service.”
The Golden Jubilee has established itself as one of theUK’s leading ‘heart attack centres’ since its creation five years ago. The concentration of resources, skills and expertise within the centre has enabled this state of the art national hospital to lead the way in research, development and academic activity which ensures innovation and improvements in patient care.