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Interventions can improve lifespan in patients with ischemic heart disease

Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

A recent study using 2,467 patients with established coronary artery disease concluded that when medical facilities select interventional methods to lower cholesterol they experience improved morbidity and mortality in patients with Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) - the leading cause of death in theUS.

In this study, published in a recent issue of Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, each of three medical facilities chose a different interventional method to lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) levels in their patients. The interventional methods included: patient education materials mailed to patients, a pharmacotherapy clinic, and a paper point-of-care reminder. These findings suggest that patients benefit from clinicians intervening to promote secondary prevention among patients with Ischemic Heart Disease. A key factor that was determined is the importance of tailoring interventions to the needs of a specific site of care which may add to the sustainability of the interventions.

Ischemic Heart Disease or Coronary Artery Disease is a condition that affects the supply of blood to the heart leading to heart attack and is the leading killer in the US.

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This study is published in Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. Media wishing to receive a PDF of this article please contact medicalnews@bos.blackwellpublishing.net.

About the Author
Sandra L. Pineros, PA-C, MPH is currently Project Manager/Administrative Coordinator at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, WA. She has been project manager and research coordinator working in the field of outcomes research in the Veterans Health Administration for six years. She had previously worked as a family practice Physician Assistant.

About Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing is a quarterly, peer-reviewed, journal and information resource from The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. The journal aims to bridge knowledge and application taking a global approach in its presentation of research, policy and practice, education and management. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing is a primary source of information for using evidence-based nursing practice to improve patient care.

About Blackwell Publishing
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