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Inexpensive Drug Costing Less Than Three Dollars May Minimize Damage from Heart Attack
October 3, 2013  | 
New York, NY -  Early treatment of heart attack patients with an inexpensive beta-blocker drug called metoprolol, while in transit to the hospital, can significantly reduce damage to the heart during a myocardial infarction, according to clinical trial study results.

The study, involving emergency ambulances and seven hospitals across Spain, shows this simple, low-cost intervention strategy with metoprolol could be easily extended throughout the world, to provide significant clinical benefit and could change current treatment practice for heart attack patients. Currently, patients receive no medication before undergoing routine angioplasty, the standard treatment for removing a heart blockage that causes a heart attack and damages heart tissue. Continue>

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