Heart patients over 80 can benefit from aggressive treatments that are sometimes denied them due to age, a new study finds.
Norwegian researchers focused on older people who suffer a certain type of heart attack known as a NSTEMI, which is often mild at onset but has a poorer long-term prognosis.
The results showed that those who received aggressive medical treatments were 47 percent less likely to suffer a subsequent heart attack, require emergency cardiac treatment, have a stroke, or die.
According to the researchers, this study shows that people over 80 should be evaluated for such treatments and offered them if warranted. They also theorized that people in this age group are typically not offered such treatments because they are underrepresented in clinical studies.
The study was presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego.
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