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Research Article

Course of patients discharged early after myocardial infarction.

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: (Published 26 June 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:1555
  1. A D Gelson,
  2. P H Carson,
  3. H H Tucker,
  4. R Phillips,
  5. M Clarke,
  6. G D Oakley


    Two hundred and seventy-one (76%) out of 358 survivors of infarction were discharged by the eighth hospital day, and 251 (93%) of them survived to six weeks after discharge. Six of the 20 patients who died between discharge and six weeks did so after readmission and 14 died as outpatients. All these patients who died at home had transmural infarction and four had diabetes. In inpatients successful resuscitation occurred mainly within the first 48 hours, with only three successful long-term results from all the patients who suffered arrest later. This suggests that more prolonged inpatient care would not have reduced the late mortality. These figures justify continuing with an early discharge policy for most patients, but coronary care should probably be more prolonged for patients with diabetes.