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Intensive Medical Care and Cardiovascular Disease Disability Reductions

Edited by David M. Cutler, Mary Beth Landrum and Kate A. Stewart

in Health at Older Ages

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780226132310
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226132327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226132327.003.0007
Intensive Medical Care and Cardiovascular Disease Disability Reductions

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This chapter investigates the particular role of improvements in cardiovascular disease treatment in the overall composition of disability decline in the United States. Patients living in regions with high use of appropriate medical therapies had better health outcomes than patients living in low-use areas. The data illustrates that reduced disability for people with cardiovascular disease incidents is a major part of reductions in overall disability, and also shows that medical technology in the treatment of cardiovascular disease is a major factor in reduced disability. There has been a significant increase in the survival rate for people admitted to a hospital with cardiovascular disease. Thus, improved medical treatment after an acute cardiovascular event has also resulted in improved survival and reductions in disability. Medical technology after acute cardiovascular episodes is worth the cost.

Keywords: cardiovascular disease; disability; United States; medical therapies; health

Chapter.  11869 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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