Every year, around 250,000 Americans have an automatic intracardiac defibrillator (ICD) implanted. Data from clinical trials that compares ICDs to antiarrhythmic drugs show that the ICDs reduce sudden cardiac death… [ Get More Details ]
The age-adjusted stroke mortality rate has decreased 70% since 1950, and 64% since 1972.
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In the absence of antihypertensive drug therapy, there would have been an estimated 572,000 more hospital discharges for stroke in 2002, and 261,000 more discharges for myocardial infarction. The… [ Get More Details ]
Between 1984 and 1998, the cost of treating heart attack patients rose $10,000. However, medical technology increased the life expectancy of heart attack patients by an average of 1 year-a… [ Get More Details ]