Heart attacks are very common between older people and are very dangerous. People who suffer from heart attacks should be admitted to the hospital in no time. However, more important than the treatment itself is to try preventing the patients from needing to come back and being admitted to the hospital.
A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the Medicine and Population Health was focused on findings trends on the elderly patients who are most expected to be readmitted back to the hospital. According to the study, the results suggest that having the patient stand up and walk around the room will give insights on being readmitted. If the patient takes a long time to achieve a simple task, then they are more likely to be more viable to a new heart attack.
The results were published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal. The lead author of the study is John A. Dodson who is an assistant professor of Medicine and Population Health, and director of the NYU Geriatric Cardiology program in New York City.
He commented on the obtained results saying, “In general, there has been a lot of interest in preventing hospital readmissions among older patients within 30 days of discharge from the hospital, because of how common and costly they are. Heart attack is one of the conditions specifically identified by Medicare as a priority for readmissions reduction, but so far it’s been challenging to predict specifically which patients with a heart attack will get readmitted.”