Why Severe Heart Attacks Are Becoming Less Deadly

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 7:22am
Dr. Tiffany Chao

August 27, 2012

Severe heart attacks may not be as deadly as they used to be, according to new research.

A new French study demonstrated that in patients who are hospitalized for severe heart attacks – technically known as ST-elevation myocardial infarctions – the chances of dying within 30 days dropped from 13.7 percent in 1995 to 4.4 percent in 2010, an improvement of 68 percent.

Researchers looked at data from nationwide registries in France in 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 which included more than 6,700 patients who had heart attacks and were admitted to intensive care units.  They analyzed the data and found that the improvement in survival was likely related to a number of factors, including changes in demographics, more timely presentation to hospitals, improvements in medications and treatments, and higher rates of stenting open up blocked arteries.

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