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Lifestyle changes could prevent 400 cardiac events and 200 deaths in Swedish PCI patients
Date:8/28/2012

to a lack of interest in changing lifestyle."

"Each year 18,000 patients undergo PCI in Sweden," he added. "Using the data from the OASIS-5 study we estimate the expected event rate in the Swedish population during the first half year after PCI to be more than 1,000 new cardiac events (myocardial infarction, stroke and cardiovascular death)."

He continued: "If a 100% compliance to lifestyle recommendations could be reached among our patients instead of the less than satisfactory outcome in the present study there may be major health benefits: one third of the events in Sweden might be prevented annually. That equates to preventing 300 to 400 cardiac events, of which 150 to 200 would have resulted in death."

Professor Perk concluded: "Current practice after PCI in Sweden needs an in-depth revision. Greater emphasis on lifestyle factors and on methods to support a long-term commitment to behavioural change, are urgently needed."


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