A study has found that three quarters of Australians and New Zealanders admitted to hospital with severe heart conditions are not receiving the basic preventive care needed to reduce their chance of future heart attacks.
“It’s not good enough that the majority of patients leaving hospital miss out on the most basic care they need to avoid repeat heart attacks down the line,” said study leader Associate Professor Julie Redfern, of The George Institute and The University of Sydney.
About 75,000 Australians are hospitalised due to Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS, commonly heart attacks) annually, with half of the cases reported in 2010 due to repeat events. Repeat events are more likely to be fatal.
International and Australian guidelines universally recommend preventive care for people who have an acute event, in order to avoid a repeat heart attack. Ideally, this preventive package should commence during the initial hospital admission and should comprise a combination of medications, lifestyle advice and referral to a preventive service such as cardiac rehabilitation.
Authors: Redfern, J, Usherwood, T, Harris, MF, Rodgers, A, Hayman, N, Panaretto, K, Chow, C, Lau, AY, Neubeck, L, Coorey, G, Hersch, F, Heeley, E, Patel, A, Jan, S, Zwar, N, Peiris, D