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Blood transfusion after PCI of little benefit for moderately low hematocrit

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For patients with a hematocrit nadir of 24%-30% following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the benefits of blood transfusion are unlikely to outweigh the risks, researchers say. Antiplatelet and antithrombin...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The results of a systematic review suggest that use of an ACE inhibitor reduces total mortality and the risk of nonfatal MI in patients with ischemic heart disease and preserved ventricular function. The benefits of...

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C-reactive protein linked to mortality, but not stroke, in multiethnic group

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Elevated levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), an inflammatory marker, predicted mortality and myocardial infarction but not stroke in a multiethnic cohort. “Our study population is unique in that it...