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Anemia increases mortality risk after heart attack


Anemia increases the risk of death in patient who have had a heart attack and coronary angioplasty, according to new research.

Am J Cardiol. 2010;105:611-6181. [March 2010]

Anemia increases the risk of death in patients who have had a heart attack and coronary angioplasty, particularly in those with multivessel disease and incomplete revascularization, according to researchers from the Medical University of Silesia in Zabrze, Poland. Investigators examined the effect of anemia on outcomes in 1,497 patients with acute myocardial infarction treated with percutaneous coronary intervention. The researchers found that patients with anemia had significantly higher mortality rates at 30 days, one year, and overall. Long-term mortality was higher in anemic patients with multivessel disease and anemic patients with incomplete revascularization.

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