More 'healthy' patients die in hospital after heart attacks that those with high blood pressure and cholesterol, study finds

Posted on November 16th, 2011 by

People with the warning signs of heart disease, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, are more likely to survive their hospital stay for a first heart attack than those with a cleaner bill of health, a U.S. study has found…'One of the important messages is that patients who have been diagnosed with a heart attack should not take this as evidence that those factors don't matter, or that having high cholesterol or high blood pressure protects them after the heart attack,' said Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who also didn't participate in the new research.

Daily Mail (UK), Lauren Paxman, 11/16/11

Additional coverage: Reuters, Yahoo! News Canada

Tags: Cardiology

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