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July 2009 Br J Cardiol 2009;16:187–91

Follow your heart: optimal care after a heart attack – a guide for you and your patients

Fran Sivers, Alan Begg, David Milne, Jonathan Morrell, Dermot Neely, Michael Norton, Michaela Nuttall, Malcolm Walker, Brian Ellis, Cathy Ratcliffe, Andrew Thomas, Ruth Bosworth, Seleen Ong, on behalf of the Follow Your Heart Steering Group

Abstract

Introduction Coronary heart disease (CHD) remains the leading cause of mortality in the UK with over 94,000 attributable deaths in 2006,1 the majority of which were the result of a myocardial infarction (MI). Approximately half of those who suffer an MI die within 28 days,2 however, with modern technology, procedures and new drugs, increasing numbers survive a heart attack, resulting in 1.4 million post-MI survivors in the UK.3 If patients do not receive optimal post-MI care, the individual and socio-economic burden is significant. In monetary terms this is estimated to be around £9 billion per year when both direct and indirect costs are in

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