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From the Heart
March 2018

Myocardial Infarction and Postacute Care: Does One Size Fit All?

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill
JAMA Cardiol. 2018;3(3):189-190. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2017.3121

My medical record says 59-year-old white female with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (MI). My mind says, “No way!” My body is a different story. Thus began my odyssey into the health care system and its approach towards patients with cardiovascular disease.

I am a cardiovascular epidemiologist, interested in the risk of MI, mortality rates following MI, and cardiac rehabilitation. But as I am now also “the MI patient,” I look at my newfound status as an opportunity to see junctures where evidence-based care may not fully address patient preferences or improve care quality.