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Heart disease tests increase, but attack rate is unchanged

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:257
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    US and Canadian doctors ordered many more cardiac tests and procedures in 1993-2001, but the rate of acute myocardial infarction remained much the same, say two cross sectional population based studies published in Circulation (2006;113:374-9 and 380-7). Rates of testing and treatment were high in the United States: in 1993 they exceeded those of Canada in 2001.

    The authors of the Canadian study said that the growing costs of health technology may threaten the Canadian health insurance system. Ischaemic heart disease is the leading cause of death in Canada, and Canada spends more on cardiovascular technology than on …

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