Two blood pressure reducing drugs have shown equivalent survival benefits for patients at high risk after a heart attack.
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Heart Attack Symptoms and Signs
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.