Big Drop in Incidence and Fatality of MIs in England

Since 2002 in England the incidence of acute MI has dropped by one-half and the case fatality rate by one-third, according to a new study published in BMJ. The overall decline in deaths from MI are about equally due to improvements in the prevention of MI and the treatment of MI. Kate Smolina and colleagues…

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High STEMI Readmission Rate in US Linked to Shorter Hospital Stays

STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) patients in the US are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days compared to patients outside the US, but this difference loses significance when length of stay (LOS) is taken into account, according to a new study published in JAMA.  Robb Cociol and colleagues analyzed data from 5,745 STEMI…

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