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U.S. Heart Attack Patients Readmitted Most Often: Study
Date:1/4/2012

e just not doing well. Even for the sickest patients, we're not doing well," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.

"This is probably not just about length of stay, but may also be about follow-up. It might really be OK to leave the hospital in three days, but you have to understand what the follow-up is. You need to understand the treatment plan, the medications, the follow-up appointment schedule, the cardiac rehab and the diet. If these things are all in place, readmission rates would probably go down," Steinbaum said.

"We're not sure that staying in the hospital longer would keep you from being readmitted. We know we provide good initial care. But, how well is that care transferred from the hospital to the home? We have to make sure patients know how they need to follow up," Patel said.

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Learn more about what type of care is necessary after a heart attack from the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

SOURCES: Manesh Patel, M.D., assistant professor, medicine, division of cardiology, Duke University, Durham, N.C.; Suzanne Steinbaum, preventive cardiologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, and spokesperson, American Heart Association; Jan. 4, 2012, Journal of the American Medical Association


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