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Post-er care for chest pain may reduce risk of heart attack.

If you go to the emergency room for chest pain, and you then receive follow-up care with a cardiologist within a month of the visit, you may lower your risk of heart attack or death within a year by 21 percent. Research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation found, however, that only 17 percent of high-risk chest pain patients who are seen in the ER were evaluated by a cardiologist within a month. About 58 percent of patients saw primary care physicians alone, while 25 percent had no physician follow-up within a month. One of the reasons patients gave for not following up was that patients didn't believe they needed additional care if they were sent home from the ER without treatment. Researchers stressed that it's critical for patients with chest pain to seek out a cardiologist's evaluation promptly, particularly if the patients have risk factors such as obesity, advanced age, a history of smoking, family history of heart disease or a personal history of cardiovascular problems.

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Title Annotation:HEART BEAT
Publication:Heart Advisor
Date:Jun 1, 2013
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