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Medical News & Perspectives
May 18, 2005

Systemic Tools Can Improve Cardiac Care

JAMA. 2005;293(19):2331-2332. doi:10.1001/jama.293.19.2331

Orlando, Fla—While high-tech, big-money breakthroughs in treating heart disease grab headlines, it is often simple factors that significantly influence morbidity and mortality. Such factors as adherence to guidelines and proper medication dispensing can go a long way toward improving health care for patients with cardiovascular conditions, according to findings presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Scientific Sessions in March.

New developments in therapies and technology have a lot of financial backing and garner a lot of exposure in the media and at meetings, said Frederick Masoudi, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the Denver Health Medical Center and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. “But we need to strike a balance in health care delivery between developing new treatments and technology and implementing tools that we already know work.”