Cardiac patients' risk doesn't end 30 days after discharge

05/16/2013

In the first year following discharge, about 42% of heart failure patients and 26% of myocardial infarction patients died, while readmission rates were 70% and 51%, respectively, according to a study reported at an American Heart Association meeting. "The risks of death and rehospitalization can extend well beyond 30 days after discharge, the time period used by the federal government for measuring hospital performance," said lead author Dr. Kumar Dharmarajan.

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