Drugs improve survival after heart attack, researchers find

03/25/2008 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Beta blockers, statins, ACE inhibitors and other prescription drugs may be the primary cause of a 3% year-by-year decrease in death rates in more than 21,000 heart attack patients observed from 1995 to 2004, a new study concludes. The lead researcher, however, emphasized that surgical interventions like angioplasty are still important in the long-term treatment of heart attack survivors.

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