November 15, 2011

Heart Attack? What Steps Can Prevent a Second One


For heart-attack survivors, eliminating copayments for heart-drug prescriptions can modestly improve the chances of avoiding a second attack, a new study found…The Mayo Clinic encourages its heart patients to take their prescribed medications by giving them a diagram that graphically shows their personal risk of having a heart attack in the next 10 years…"Even when we give drugs for free, patients don't really understand why they're supposed to take them, and they don't," said Raymond Gibbons, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. 

Wall Street Journal, Ron Winslow, 11/15/11

Additional coverage: Reuters,

Tags: Cardiology

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