As reported in the Daily Briefing, prescribing statin drugs to more patients could be a cost-effective way to prevent myocardial infarctions (MI), according to a study published Monday in Circulation.
Take your statin: Wide distribution of drug a cost-effective way to curb MIs
As reported the Daily Briefing, a new online tool that predicts stroke patients' mortality risk may help hospitals better devise care plans and improve patient outcomes, according to a study published this week in Circulation.
To develop the tool, researchers at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, used data from the American Heart Association's "Get With the Guidelines-Stroke" registry for nearly 275,000 ischemic stroke patients from 2001 to 2007. The tool allows physicians to upload patient information at admission, and later generates a mortality risk score based on patient characteristics such as age, sex and contraindications.
Online Tool Predicts Stroke Patients' Mortality Risk
Discharge BNP was found to be a better predictor of long term heart failure risk than BNP levels upon admission or change in the metric between those two points. The results of the study of 16,000 HF patients (median age 80) at 259 hospitals were presented at the Heart Failure Society of America's 2010 Scientific Meeting.
Discharge BNP a Better Predictor than Admission Levels, Change in Metric