Understanding the impact of heart attack type on hospital-level outcomes

New research in the Journal of the American Heart Association from a UNC team including Cardiology research fellow Dr. Sameer Arora and Cardiology faculty members Dr. Matt Cavender and Division Chief Dr. Rick Stouffer suggests that it may be of benefit to not categorize type 2 myocardial infarction (MI) under the general umbrella of non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. The research suggests it may be better to differentiate it from type 1 MI patients clinically.

New research in the Journal of the American Heart Association from a UNC team including Cardiology research fellow Sameer Arora and Cardiology faculty members Dr. Matt Cavender and Division Chief Dr. Rick Stouffer suggests that it may be of benefit to not categorize type 2 myocardial infarction (MI) under the general umbrella of non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and to differentiate it from type 1 MI patients clinically. NSTEMI is a major category of heart attack; Type 1 MI is characterized by plaque rupture, which is absent from type 2 MI. The study was based on retrospective data and has implications in helping us better understand the outcomes and optimal aftercare of patients with NSTEMI.

The study is also highlighted in a Cardiology Today overview of the research.

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