Morriston research could change heart attack treatment

New research carried out at Morriston Hospital could change the way heart attack patients are treated around the world. Patients were offered a treatment to widen all of the affected arteries in their heart, preventing further hospital admissions.

Research into heart attack treatment could 'save lives'

Morriston Hospital in Swansea has found that a new way of treating heart attack patients could save lives and prevent further heart attacks and hospital admissions. It is now hoped that the research will change the way heart attack patients are treated around the world.

The new treatment carried out at Morriston's Cardiac Centre meant that patients who needed to have a blood clot removed from an artery in the heart, also had either one or both of their arteries widened at the same time.

The research study found that treating all the affected arteries saved lives, prevented further heart attacks and prevented further admission with chest pains.

We know it is safe to do, and beneficial for the patients. They come in here with a heart attack and they go out completely fixed, without the prospect of further procedures to worry about.

It is now standard care in the Morriston Cardiac Centre, and we believe it could well become standard care across the world. It has definitely put the centre on the map.

– Dr Alexander Chase, Morriston Hospital Consultant Cardiologist

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Research could change heart attack treatment worldwide

The research has helped to prevent further heart attacks and has saved lives. Credit: ITV Wales News

New research carried out at Morriston Hospital could change the way heart attack patients are treated around the world.

Morriston's Cardiac Centre was the only hospital in Wales to take part in a study where patients who needed an angioplasty - the unblocking of an artery in the heart - also had either one of both of their other arteries widened at the same time, to prevent further problems.

Previously, routine practice and guidelines had recommended only fixing the single heart attack artery. The research found that the new treatment prevented further heart attacks, saving lives and further hospital admissions.