Medications

Dabigatran doesn't beat aspirin for preventing recurrent stroke

(HealthDay)—Dabigatran is not superior to aspirin for preventing recurrent stroke in patients with recent history of embolic stroke of undetermined source, according to a study published in the May 16 issue of the New England ...

Cardiology

Older, frail heart attack patients at greater risk of bleeding

Many older patients who are considered frail by medical standards receive anticoagulants (blood thinners) and undergo cardiac catheterization during a heart attack. While these treatments can be helpful, they also can cause ...

Surgery

Study reveals when and why people die after noncardiac surgery

The main reasons why people die after noncardiac surgery are revealed today in a study of more than 40,000 patients from six continents presented in a late breaking science session at ESC Congress 2018. Myocardial injury, ...

Cardiology

New anti-clotting drugs linked to lower risk of serious bleeding

New drugs known as direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) used to treat serious blood clots are associated with reduced risks of major bleeding compared with the older anti-clotting drug, warfarin, finds a study in The BMJ today.

Cardiology

Most bleeding events in non-CVD patients are GI-related

(HealthDay)—Among a cohort of individuals without cardiovascular disease (CVD) not receiving antiplatelet therapy, most major bleeding events involved gastrointestinal bleeding and 7 percent of bleeding events were fatal, ...

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