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.”
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