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Belated angioplasty saves no lives

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1:52pm, November 28, 2006

From Chicago, at a meeting of the American Heart Association

A common heart procedure doesn't save lives if it is performed more than a couple of days after a heart attack, according to a large international clinical trial.

The procedure, angioplasty, has been found to offer benefits when it's done within 48 hours of a heart attack (SN: 6/25/05, p. 413: Available to subscribers at Heart attack treatment: Better late than never). In angioplasty, doctors force open a blocked heart artery by inserting and inflating a tiny balloon.

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