Study Finds Post-Discharge Care Critical for Heart Attack Survivor Health

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A recent study published in the European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care by researchers at the University of Leeds has some important findings for survivors of heart attacks. The study reviewed potential links between the survival rates of heart attack patients and nine common components of patients’ post-discharge care.

When discharged from the hospital, most heart attack survivors are told to follow these after-care instructions.

  • Attend cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Receive a pre-hospital electrocardiogram.
  • Acute use of aspirin and a prescription at discharge for continued use of aspirin.
  • Reperfusion treatment.
  • Prescribed use of ACE-inhibitors, beta-blockers, statins, and angiotensin receptor blockers.

Following all of these elements of post-discharge care was found to be critical to a heart attack survivor’s immediate mortality rate. The study found that patients who missed even one of the post-discharge care elements were 46 percent more likely to die within a month, and 74 percent more likely to die within a year.

After surviving a heart attack, lifestyle changes are a must if a patient wishes to avoid future cardiovascular episodes. In some cases, a serious heart condition can cause long-term disabilities which prevent a person from working. In these cases, long-term disability benefits may take over when short-term disability for recovery from the initial heart attack has been exhausted.

Disability Help Group help disabled workers obtain the long-term disability benefits to which they are entitled when a serious illness or injury makes it impossible to return to work. Contact our offices for help with your disability claim. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.