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Cardiologist care critical

Many Americans survive a heart attack only to die from a second heart attack or other medical problem soon after leaving the hospital. But a new study sponsored by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality suggests that heart attack patients fare better if they are treated by a cardiologist, and better still if they are treated by cardiologist and a family physician or internist rather than by a primary care physician alone after they go home from the hospital. The study was published in the November 21, 2002, New England Journal of Medicine.

Is simple approach better for heart rhythm problems?

Findings in a study published in the December 5, 2002, New England Journal of Medicine say the preferred way of treating common heart rhythm problems is actually no better, and perhaps even worse, than a simpler approach using cheaper drugs.

The study shows that the method of restoring and maintaining heart rhythm prevents no more deaths than the alternative approach that merely controls the rate at which the heart beats.

The "rhythm" approach does not reduce risk of stroke or improve quality of life — all of which had been presumed to be benefits over the "heart rate" strategy.

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