Northeast Is Safest Place for Heart Attack
Risk of Death After Chest Pain or Heart Attack Lowest in Northeast
WebMD News Archive
May 17, 2004 -- The Northeast may be the safest place in the
country to have a heart attack or chest pain, according to a new study.
Researchers found the risk of death after chest pain or heart
attack is lowest in the Northeast compared with other regions in the U.S.
The study found the overall death rate after heart attack or
chest pain was highest in the Midwest (4.6%) and lowest in the Northeast
(3.5%). But researchers say the variation can't be immediately explained by
differences in drug use or other treatments.
Heart Death Rates Vary By Region
In the study, researchers analyzed the outcomes for more than
50,000 people treated in 301 hospitals for unstable angina (persistent chest
pain) and heart attacks.
They found that compared with the Northeast, the odds of dying
after being treated for heart attack were 40% higher in the West, 42% higher in
the Midwest, and 33% higher in the South.
Rates of common heart procedures performed to restore blood
flow to hearts from clogged arteries, such as balloon angioplasty and bypass
surgery, were similar in all four regions. However, early use of drugs such as
beta-blockers to treat heart disease victims was significantly lower in the
The results of the study were presented this week at the
American Heart Association's 5th annual Scientific Forum on Quality of Care and
Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke in Washington, D.C.