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Lower myocardial infarction survival in UK than Sweden blamed on slow uptake of new treatments

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 23 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g426
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A comparison of outcomes in patients with acute myocardial infarction shows that 30 day mortality was more than a third higher in the United Kingdom than in Sweden during 2004-10. The researchers concluded that this was because Sweden was much quicker to take up new technologies and to implement evidence based practice.

The study, published in the Lancet, indicated that more than 11 000 lives could have been saved over seven years if UK patients had had the same care as people in Sweden.1 The researchers analysed data from national clinical registries between 2004 and 2010 concerning 391 077 patients from 242 hospitals in the UK and 119 786 patients from 86 …

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