People with heart disease should take special precautions before undergoing all operations, even noncardiac surgery, to reduce their risk of a cardiac event, according to new joint guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. The guidelines update those from 2002. Some of the new recommendations are as follows :
The FDA has approved prasugrel (Effient, Eli Lilly/Daiichi Sankyo) to lower the risk of blood clots from forming in patients who undergo angioplasty to unblock a clogged coronary artery. If blood platelets clump around the procedure site, clots can form and can lead to heart attack , stroke, and death .