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IMPORTANCE To better guide strategies intended to reduce high rates of 30-day readmission after hospitalization for heart failure (HF), acute myocardial infarction (MI), or pneumonia, further information is needed about readmission diagnoses, readmission timing, and the relationship of both to patient age, sex, and race. OBJECTIVE To examine readmission(More)
BACKGROUND The association between hospital volume and the death rate for patients who are hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, or pneumonia remains unclear. It is also not known whether a volume threshold for such an association exists. METHODS We conducted cross-sectional analyses of data from Medicare administrative claims for(More)
OBJECTIVE Younger, but not older, women have a higher mortality than men of similar age after a myocardial infarction (MI). We sought to determine whether this relationship is true for both ST elevation MI (STEMI) and non-ST elevation MI (NSTEMI). DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. SETTING 1057 USA hospitals participant in the National Registry of(More)
PURPOSE Little is known about the role of time to initiation of therapeutic hypothermia and time to target temperature (TTT) in the prognosis of patients resuscitated from cardiac arrest. METHODS A retrospective analysis was performed in 145 survivors of cardiac arrest who underwent therapeutic hypothermia between January 2003 and January 2013. The(More)