Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Myocardial Infarction Patients Getting Less Healthy

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Myocardial Infarction Patients Getting Less Healthy

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FROM ACC 16

Heart attack patients are getting younger, fatter, and less health conscious, despite advances in the prevention and early detection of cardiovascular disease.

A look at 10 years' worth of patient data shows these and other "alarming trends," according to Dr. Samir R. Kapadia of the Cleveland Clinic.

"What we found was so very contradictory to what we expected," he said at a press briefing held before the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology 'Amazingly, we saw that patients presenting with myocardial infarction were getting younger, and their body mass index was going up. There was more smoking, more hypertension, and more diabetes. And all of this despite our better understanding of cardiovascular risk factors."

The findings seem to point to a serious gap between gathering scientific knowledge and putting that knowledge into practice.

"We have to extend our efforts and put a lot more into educating patients," Dr. Kapadia said. "Maybe it's not enough to just tell people to eat right and exercise--maybe we should also be providing them with a structured program. But this is not just the job of the cardiologist. Primary care physicians have to also have this insight, communicate it to the patients, and get them the resources they need. …

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