HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Low Socio-Economic Status Heart Patients Need More Than Just Aggressive Cardiac Procedures

ter treatment.

"We expected all patients to feel bad at the beginning, but we also expected them to get much better," Tung said. "What is so striking is after revascularization how much worse the low SES people felt compared to the higher SES people. We saw at least a 30 to 40 percent reduction in the functional status and quality of life despite having the aggressive procedures."

For Tung, the results show that heart procedures aren't magic bullets that can cure heart disease by themselves, especially for the poor and less educated.

"Much effort has been placed on providing equal access to care," Tung said. "While this is indeed important, especially for low SES patients, more fundamental changes are needed."

Tung believes that an educational component is critical to the medical care provided low SES patients. To this end, the Duke team is developing a pilot program for lower SES patients that stresses the importance of lifestyle and dietary changes.

Researchers used two different quality-of-life questionnaires to assess the functional status of patients. Each test was given to patients at the beginning of the study and again one year later.

The first, called the Duke Activities Status Index (DASI), is a questionnaire developed by Duke cardiologists in the mid-1980s that measures how much a person can do physically. The second test, called SF-36, is a questionnaire that measures patients' perceptions of their overall health. Taken together, the results of these two tools give researchers an insight into a patient's quality of life, Tung said.

The study was funded by a grant from the National Heart Lung Blood Institute. Dr. Daniel Mark was the senior Duke cardiologist on the study.


'"/>

Contact: Richard Merritt
Merri006@mc.duke.edu
919-684-4148
Duke University Medical Center
10-Nov-1998


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Recording Patients Socio-Economic Status Is Necessary For Tackling Health Inequalities
2. Status syndrome: How your social standing directly affects your health and life expectancy
3. Socioeconomic Status Linked To Enlarged Hearts, Heart Disease Risk
4. Lewin Study Confirms Diabetes Treatment Centers of Americas Diabetes NetCareSM Program Improves Health Status, Reduces Medical Costs
5. The European Society of Cardiology launches Women at Heart
6. Heart surgeons publish death rates
7. Heart attack treatment gap may be closing for women
8. The Larry King Cardiac Foundation presents The Changing Face of Heart Disease on Feb. 2
9. Brenner Childrens Hospital named to NIH Pediatric Heart Network
10. Heart patients treated by non-cardiologists less likely to receive medications
11. Heart failure patients treated for diabetes with insulin have increase in mortality

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/21/2020)... , ... February 21, 2020 , ... ... in statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). According to the ... which was a 2% increase over the previous year. The American Society of ...
(Date:2/20/2020)... ... ... R3 Medical Training announced its next joint injection training courses scheduled for ... for all large and small joints along with ultrasound needle guidance. , Performing joint ... is to perform injections in a supervised setting. R3 Medical Training's joint injection ...
(Date:2/20/2020)... ... February 20, 2020 , ... TMQuotes , a ... next generation API integration functionality which enables agents to take more involved ownership ... TMQuotes was the first white label software-as-a-service (SaaS) to give insurance agents and ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... ... 19, 2020 , ... The American College of Lifestyle Medicine ... Medicine Residency Curriculum (LMRC). The curriculum is the first comprehensive, applicable and flexible ... by resident involvement, the curriculum has included residents in every aspect of its ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... February 19, 2020 , ... ... published, which expanded the scope of regulations and requirements that currently govern medical ... was three years, which extends until 25 May 2020. Major changes from the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/19/2020)... ... 19, 2020 , ... Aspire Regenerative, a leader in offering therapies that restore ... a free weight-loss event on March 1, 2020. It will take place from 10:30 ... 92037. , During the event, physicians and pharmacists will lead an informative and insightful ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... CARLSBAD, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... ... ... leading electronic lab notebook platform for research data management, has released a ... LabArchives’ powerful research data management features. With a ‘Quick View’ of supported ...
(Date:2/15/2020)... ... February 14, 2020 , ... Dr. Ray Lopez, renowned foot ... Network. , The Haute Beauty Network, well known for its exclusive and luxurious lifestyle ... ankle and our newest addition to the Haute Beauty members-only network. , Haute Beauty ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: