All heart attack, or myocardial infarction (MI), patients are not fully receiving therapies that have been proven effective by clinical trials to reduce death and further cardiac events.
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Overweight and obese heart attack patients have better intermediate term survival rates than normal weight patients.
Group therapy significantly improves depression and social isolation for patients who have suffered a heart attack.
Two research teams tricked one of the body's growth factors into helping the heart repair itself after a heart attack.
In an analysis of more than 60,000 U.S. patients who arrive at emergency rooms with heart attack symptoms, three out of four patients did not receive a class of clot inhibiting drug proven in clinical trials to reduce mortality.
Taking antibiotics weekly for one year does not reduce the risk of a heart attack or other cardiac event for patients with stable coronary artery disease.
Sodium nitrite may one day be used to protect and preserve tissue and organ function after heart attack.
One in three patients rushed to emergency rooms with heart attack symptoms do not receive these potentially life saving drugs.
Two blood pressure reducing drugs have shown equivalent survival benefits for patients at high risk after a heart attack.
Heart attack patients admitted to U.S. hospitals during the winter holidays have higher mortality rates than those admitted during the rest of the year. Heart attack patients admitted during this holiday period were less likely to receive angioplasty to open clogged arteries.
Hospitals' adherence to national guidelines for treating potential heart attacks saves lives. The guidelines focus on giving suspected heart attack patients anti platelet medications.
During the year after suffering a heart attack, less than half of the patients had been taking beta blockers regularly. This is a disturbing finding since trials have proven the effectiveness of beta blockers in reducing the risk of future heart attacks.
Heart attack patients who are depressed or without social support are more than twice as likely to die of a second heart attack if they do not exercise.
But quality efforts help both men and women live longer. Efforts to improve the quality of post-heart attack care in hospitals are working, but they appear to be working better for men than for women.
Early intervention with a novel kind of "smart gene therapy" might effectively prevent the organ damage commonly suffered by heart attack victims.