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Following Heart Disease Guidelines Saves Lives, According to a Kaiser Permanente Abstract Presented at AHA Scientific Sessions

disease patients," said Dr. Levin. "We can achieve that kind of effective collaboration because we are an integrated health care organization. Our patients benefited immediately in a very real way -- the number of deaths caused by heart disease among KP Northern California members has been falling consistently since 1995. We hope that these results will encourage other health care organizations to improve implementation of the clinical guidelines and save lives," she said.

The six key therapies and interventions recommended by the National Clinical Guidelines are:

Once ACS is confirmed in the ED, the following medications should be


1. Aspirin, and

2. Beta Blockers

On discharge, patients should receive:

3. Aspirin

4. Beta Blockers, and

5. An ACE(4) inhibitor or ARB(5) and,

6. Advice on quitting smoking for patients who are smokers

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente, founded in 1945, is a non-profit integrated health care organization, with physicians, nurses and staff working in collaboration to provide high quality care to patients and to address the health care needs of communities served by the organization. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region serves more than 3.2 million members. It includes 6,000 physicians in The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) and about 66,000 employees. The region has 19 major medical centers. Each year, Kaiser Permanente donates about $375 million to a variety of community programs and agencies in Northern California.


(1) ACC/AHA Guidelines are updated and published on the American Heart

Association web site.

(2) As of January 2007, CRUSADE (Can Rapid Risk Stratification of

Unstable Angina Patients Suppress Adverse Outcomes with Early

Implementation of ACC/AHA Guidelines) merged with the

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