Chest-pain follow-up linked to better survival, heart health

June 23, 2014 7:01 PM

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After an emergency-room visit for chest pain, people who follow-up with a doctor are less likely than those who don’t do so to have a heart attack or die in the next year, Canadian researchers say.

Based on more than 200,000 patients at low risk for heart attack who were seen in an Ontario ER for chest pain, the study team found that almost 30 percent never went for any kind of follow-up. But those who did tended to fare better.

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