Medtronic-Backed Study Finds Care of Heart-Failure Patients Is Inconsistent

Data from a Medtronic-sponsored registry of heart-failure patients shows they are getting inconsistent, unstandardized care, according to a release published on devicelink.com.

September 24, 2008

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Medtronic-Backed Study Finds Care of Heart-Failure Patients Is Inconsistent

First, the data showed that patients without implantable cardioverter-defibrillators or cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillators were less likely to get appropriate drug therapies than patients with them. Second, patients in clinics with at least two nurses or physician assistants devoted to heart-failure patients received better care than patients in clinics with one or none. Third, some practices were much better than others at making sure heart-failure patients received drugs that lower blood pressure and relax veins and arteries. Previously, data from the registry showed that only 39% of eligible patients were receiving CRT, and only 51% of eligible patients were receiving ICDs.

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