Anemia predicts poor outcomes for heart interventions

“…having anemia was associated with a higher rate of major cardiac events within 30 days and a longer hospital stay. After considering factors that increase the mortality risk, such as kidney failure and diabete, anemia was still a significant predictor of 1-year mortality.Whether patients had a history of angina, chest pain or heart attack, anemia was still a culprit in worse survival rates. Conclusion: overall treatment strategy ought to take anemia into consideration, especially if it’s severe.

Once again (see earlier post) it’s good to know that scientists are focusing on research that will help people live longer, not just survive their heart attacks. Otherwise, what is the point, really?