Doctors Often Fail to Prescribe Effective Drugs after a Heart Attack

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

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A new study suggests that doctors often fail to prescribe effective drugs after a heart attack. The likelihood of suffering another heart attack is decreased when patients are put on intensive therapy.

In fact, the American Heart Association’s guidelines recommend that heart attack sufferers be given intensive lipid-lowering therapy which contains elevated doses of statin drugs designed to lower cholesterol.

Yet data collected from several hospitals across the nation indicates that doctors are not always prescribing these drugs. The results are patients experiencing what could have been a second, preventable heart attack.

The study, which was published in the American Heart Journal, indicated that less than 40% of patients were given the recommended intensive therapy. The remaining patients were placed on a much less intensive treatment plan.

Possible explanations for this could be that the guidelines are not explicit enough in the preference for this type of therapy and that doctors are choosing to start patients off on something less intensive and manage their condition from there.

The guidelines are less than a decade old and researchers hope that drawing attention to the issue will increase the chances that doctors will begin following the guidelines.

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