Many heart attack patients leave hospitals with insufficient drug dosage

08/23/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Many patients with acute myocardial infarction are discharged from hospitals with the right drugs but inadequate doses, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers tracked 6,748 acute MI patients treated at 31 hospitals and found that 85% of those discharged got doses of beta blockers that were "substantially below" the established effective dose, and 66% were given doses of statins and ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers that were too low. Of patients discharged with a dosage below the optimal level, only 25% had been uptitrated after 12 months.

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