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Study Showed Prevention of Heart Attacks Within Three Months After Hospitalization Significantly Averted Future Heart Attacks and Death
Date:11/9/2008

of Cardiovascular Medicine, Duke University Medical Center & Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, N.C., USA. "Surviving an initial heart attack does not mean that a patient is 'out of the woods'. Earlier diagnosis and interventions to help prevent heart attacks could improve long-term outcomes for patients."

About the Study

The study analyzed 15,604 patients with significant coronary heart disease undergoing diagnostic catheterization, a procedure in which a thin plastic tube is inserted into an artery to take pictures of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Patients were classified as having a non-fatal heart attack within three months of their first catheterization in a hospital or as being event-free within the three-month period. The median follow-up time for both groups was 4.2 years.

In the retrospective analysis, patients in the heart attack vs. no heart attack group were similar in age (median of 62 vs. 63), female sex (36 percent vs. 33 percent), history of hypertension (69 percent vs. 68 percent), history of diabetes (36 percent vs. 30 percent) and multi-vessel coronary artery disease (61 percent vs. 58 percent). The median follow-up time for both groups was 4.2 years.

The study was conducted at Duke Clinical Research Institute, part of Duke University Medical Center, by Eric Eisenstein, D.B.A., Patricia Cowper, Ph.D., David Kong, M.D., and Kevin Anstrom, Ph.D., with support from the Health Outcomes groups at Daiichi Sankyo and Lilly.

About Coronary Heart Disease

As one of the primary forms of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease occurs when the coronary arteries become narrowed or clogged by cholesterol and fat deposits inside the arteries through a process called atherosclerosis. Heart attacks are a major manifestation of coronary heart disease, which constitutes an enormous health burden throughout the world. Annually, 3.8 million men and 3.4 million women worldwide die from coronary heart dis
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