ALFRED L. ARONSON, M.D.
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Despite the enormous sums expended each year in the United States to support coronary-artery angiographic studies, bypass graft operations, and hospital intensive cardiac care units, the major human cost of coronary heart disease, sudden unexpected death, remains high. Do we have the right economic and clinical priorities?
More than 180 000 sudden cardiac deaths occur per year in the United States in victims under the age of 68, who die before they reach a hospital offering cardiac care. Mortality from primary cardiac dysrhythmias associated with myocardial infarction has been substantially reduced through recent advances in cardiac care. Convincing evidence supports
ARONSON AL. Emergency Cardiovascular Services. Ann Intern Med. ;85:253–254. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-2-253
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(2):253-254.
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