ANN ARBOR, Mich., Mar 10, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A U.S. study shows heart attack patients are 25 percent less likely to die within a year of leaving the hospital if they receive proper care.
The study, by the University of Michigan, examined 2,800 Medicare patients treated at 33 Michigan hospitals. It concluded the patients' doctors and nurses must "do the right thing" -- that is, follow national standards for care that emphasize consistent delivery of proven therapies, and teach patients how to take the best care of themselves once they go home.
The study's authors said many patients go without proven lifesaving therapies because their medical team forgets or gets too busy.
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