Uncomplicated Myocardial Infarction: Current Physician Practice in Patient Management

Nanette K. Wenger, Herman K. Hellerstein, Henry Blackburn, Samuel J. Castranova

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Abstract

A questionnaire on management of uncomplicated acute myocardial infarction patients was mailed to 1,200 general practitioners, 1,200 internists, and 1,200 cardiologists. The 69% who responded managed approximately 70,000 patients with acute myocardial infarction in 1970. General practitioners saw three-fifths of these patients. Of acute myocardial infarction patients, 45% were considered to have uncomplicated infarction. Most responses were similar for general practitioners, internists, and cardiologists, who routinely hospitalized 95% of uncomplicated acute myocardial infarction patients for a 21-day hospital stay. Of physicians, 97% restricted smoking, 77% restricted calories, and 71% used anticoagulants. Of patients under age 65, 87% returned to work two to four months after uncomplicated myocardial infarction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-514
Number of pages4
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Volume224
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 23 1973

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