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Many people receive suboptimal care after myocardial infarction, research shows

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 11 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2655
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Nearly 33 000 deaths could have been avoided in England and Wales from 2003 to 2013 if patients had received better follow-up care after a myocardial infarction, say researchers.1

The findings, published in the European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care, showed that most people hospitalised with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), the most common type, missed out on at least one recommended intervention.

Chris Gale, study leader and associate professor of cardiovascular health sciences at the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, said, “What we’ve highlighted here is the unacceptable deficit in the care being given to people after they’ve had an NSTEMI heart attack. We calculate that roughly one patient per month …

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