Yahoo! Health - "Really Good News for Women's Hearts"
Heart disease is a serious threat to women, yet clinical trials of one of the most common treatments for this condition have not included many women.
A recent study aimed to provide more information on the safety and effectiveness of cardiac stents for women. Cardiac stents are small tubes that are inserted into the arteries of the heart to allow for better blood flow. They are frequently used to treat coronary artery disease and reduce chest pain. The researchers found that stents were both effective and safe for women based on the previous trials. Stents that release medications to prevent additional artery blockage were especially successful at preventing heart attack and death. Researchers from The Mount Sinai Medical Center, led by Roxana Mehran, MD, Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Trials at Icahn School of Medicine, collected and analyzed data on women with cardiac stents. They presented their research to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Amsterdam. "Whenever you have only 25 percent of a population, such as women, represented in clinical trials, you are really never sure of the safety and efficacy of a medical device in that population," said Dr. Mehran. "Clinically, women are not always the same as men." Usman Baber, MD, Director of Clinical Biometrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a co-author of this study stated: "The results of our new analysis should provide reassurance to both physicians and female patients that the stent devices we are using have a similar efficacy and safety profile to what we have observed in men."
- Roxana Mehran, MD, Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Trials, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
- Usman Baber, MD, Director of Clinical Biometrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai