Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

After an event; initiate the right treatment in hospital

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Several studies and registries are set up to investigate prescription behavior in different clinical situation. Studies reveal that large proportions of patients do not receive optimal medical therapy after discharge from hospital admission for acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Since optimal medical therapy prescription at discharge is associated with reduced mortality in ACS survivors, not providing optimal medical therapy puts patients at unnecessary risks.

The EUROASPIRE data also provide insight into risk factor control and shows that a large majority of coronary patients do not achieve guideline-recommended standards for healthy behaviors for secondary prevention. Thus, there is room for improvement in both lifestyle and pharmacotherapeutic interventions in patients with existing CVD. It is important to ensure adequate lifestyle advice and prescription of treatment at discharge after an event.

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