Dr. Rama Mandawat, assistant professor of economics at Brenau’s campus in Augusta, presented her research at the 2014 American Heart Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 15-19.
The topic of research was “National Outcomes Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction in Patients Aged 75 and Above.” Mandawat examined the outcomes of elderly patients age 75 and older who presented with the worst type of heart attack called a ST-elevation myocardial infarction or STEMI. This heart attack occurs when blood vessels delivering blood to the heart become suddenly blocked. The heart attack can be fatal but if someone can make it to the hospital, it can be treated with a procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention or conservative management with medications.
The objective of the study was to determine which of the two treatments leads to lower mortality in elderly patients. The study found that PCI was associated with a large reduction in mortality in patients 75 and older compared with conservative medical management. Importantly, patients receiving PCI were much more likely to be discharged home than patients receiving conservative medical management. The study suggested that elderly patients, like their younger counterparts, can also gain benefit from a PCI to treat this type of large heart attack.
We’re very proud of the contribution Dr. Mandawat, and all of our faculty make to their professional communities. Keep up the good work!