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Report of 24 Cases of Myocardial Infarction Treated at Home

Br Med J 1968; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5632.675 (Published 14 December 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;4:675
  1. R. A. Sleet

    Abstract

    During a four-year period in one general practice 50 patients suffered myocardial infarction; 24 were dead before their general practitioner saw them. Of the surviving 26, 2 were admitted to hospital for social reasons and the others were treated in their homes.

    One woman suffered a pulmonary embolus on the tenth day of her illness and was admitted to hospital. Three patients were found to develop arrythmias; one of these died. One other patient died, but the others made uneventful recoveries.

    These results compare well with those obtained by specialist units, perhaps because the advantages of such a unit are balanced by the hazards of transportation to it.