heart attack death rate
it is hardly suprising to those of us who have watched cardiovascular advances up close in the clinical trenches to find out that the hospital death rate from heart attack or the incidence of severe heart failure is down by almost half. And though we should applaud this affirmation, we shouldn't be derailed from a larger point that death rate is not the only issue. We have known for a long time that patients feel better after angioplasties and stents, and we have seen the medications work to relieve symptoms and stabilize patients. It isn't just a question of survival - it's also a question of survive how? It may be a subtle point, but if we applaud the lower death rate statistic too much, it may undermine the point that this isn't the only criteria for gauging medical success, even if it is an easy thing to measure.