Do heart attack treatments change depending where you live?

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: July 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The care that you receive after a heart attack will vary greatly depending on where you live, a 10-year-long study suggested today.

This variation in care was largely due to differences in the delivery of heart attack treatments between hospitals.

The most frequently missed interventions were dietary advice, advice to help people to stop smoking and the prescription of a type of anti-clotting drug known as P2Y12 inhibitors, such as clopidogrel when indicated, which was associated with potentially avoidable deaths.

Some regions are only providing optimal care in just over 10 per cent of cases, the study funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) found.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:    British Heart Foundation

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