How has interventional cardiology changed the treatment of heart attack?
The management of the heart attack patient has absolutely changed over the last 30 years. It used to be that we put patients on bed rest in the coronary care unit for several weeks and really did nothing more for them. Then we gave medicines to dissolve the blood clots. With interventional cardiology, we realized that the coronary was 100% blocked and we could quickly go in with balloons, wires, stents, to open up the coronary arteries and keep them open and by doing so, we were able to save lives, reduce the risk of a second heart attack, and reduce the risk of fatal bleeding into the brain.
– Cindy Grines, M.D., FSCAI (video)
William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI