Study Finds Fewer Medicare Patients Hospitalized For Heart Diseases

A study measuring hospitalization rates among Medicare beneficiaries found that hospital admissions due to heart disease are falling at a faster rate than other leading causes of hospitalization. Amit H. Sachdev, the study’s lead author, said common cardiac diseases are accounting for a smaller proportion of hospital admissions, which may be due to improved medical care, preventive efforts, and delivery of heath care. Between 1998 and 2008, the number of hospitalizations due to coronary artery disease fell 31.7 percent, while heart attacks decreased 22.2 percent and heart failure dropped 16.8 percent. Sachdev said increased government efforts to improve cardiac care, along with better diagnostic tests, better heart disease education for physicians, and frequent use of medications to prevent or control heart disease may also help explain the findings. More here.

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