Heart Beat: 01/09

A study of more than 1,600 heart attack patients who received a long-term educational and behavioral intervention after a standard cardiac rehab program found that the additional assistance significantly reduced their odds of having a second heart attack or other cardiovascular event. The study, published in the Nov. 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, found that the long-term program led to a 48 percent reduction in non-fatal heart attacks, when patients in that secondary program were compared to heart attack patients who received the usual care after the standard 12-week cardiac rehabilitation program. The secondary prevention program focused on individualizing risk factor and lifestyle management, along with individualized pharmacological and other treatment.
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