Death Rates Decline For Heart Attack Victims
A recent study shows your odds of surviving a heart attack after reaching a medical facility have dramatically improved over the past 6 years. In the largest study of its kind, researchers have found the number of deaths of patients with a completely blocked artery fell from 8.4% to 4.5% from July 1, 1999 through December 31, 2006. Deaths from milder forms of myocardial infarction fell from 2.9% to 2.0% for the same period. Overall for every 1000 patients admitted to a hospital there were 39 fewer deaths.
The study covered 44,372 patients from 113 hospitals in 14 countries. Complete details can be found in The Journal of the American Medical Association.