Glucose, insulin & potassium treatment prevent cardiac arrest but not MI

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According to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting and published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association, by Dr Harry Selker at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, individuals with symptoms of heart attack who were given a treatment containing glucose, insulin and potassium by paramedics were less likely to experience cardiac arrest, compared to patients who did not receive the treatment, although the treatment may not prevent patients from progressing to a heart attack.

In the trial, paramedics from 13 cities were trained to administer the solution after determining that an individual was likely having or about to have a heart attack.” Individuals “who received the solution immediately after being diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome…were 50 percent less likely to experience cardiac arrest or die compared to those who received the placebo.” The findings “were even more pronounced for people with more severe ST-elevation heart attacks.”

However, the treatment did not reduce progression to MI.

Embolization shows success in benign prostatic hyperplasia

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Prostatic artery embolization relieved the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia in 2 studies presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology 37th Annual Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, California. The novel procedure, which has been tried in only 2 centers in the world, offers an alternative to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), with potentially fewer adverse reactions, said researcher Francisco Cesar Carnevale, MD, PhD, professor and chief of the interventional radiology section at University of São Paulo in Brazil, in a statement. [Medscape]