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Format: 04/20/2014
Format: 04/20/2014


KDKA-TV: Heart attack survival may depend on location

Friday, July 10th, 2009

It all comes down to location, location, location -- not just for real estate, but for health care, too.

A study in the journal "Circulation" shows there are regional differences when it comes to hospital performance after heart attack.

Your chances of dying in the hospital depend on where you are.

"I don't think it's a surprise. I think it's now recognized we need to move more uniformly," says Dr. George Gabriel, a cardiologist at Allegheny General Hospital.

Uniformly in terms of drugs and procedures to treat heart attack.

A study from Yale University looked at hospital readmission and death within 30 days after such an event.

"Readmissions to the hospital and hospital care are a big part of the national health care budget, and now everyone is looking to cut costs and lower health care costs," explains Dr. Gabriel.

Hospitals in certain regions of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and California had the highest death rates. Hospitals in northeastern states, such as Massachusetts and New Jersey had the lowest.

Southwestern Pennsylvania did okay.

To read more or see the video, visit KDKA-TV's web site.

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