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Books, Journals, New Media
May 5, 2004

Cardiology, Economics

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(17):2134. doi:10.1001/jama.291.17.2134-a

Cardiovascular medicine in the developed world is moving from an era of scientific and technical limitations on improving the quality and length of people's lives to an era of economic limitations. In the past few years, for instance, the development of and expanding indications for prescription medications, drug-eluting stents, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, and left ventricular assist devices as "destination therapy" already seem to require more resources than our society can or will provide. Herein lies the importance and utility of Cardiovascular Health Care Economics.

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