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Heart patients' medicine-taking habits need improvement

Posted On Fri, July 6, 2012

Many Americans who have severe heart ailments have a tendency to make errors in medication usage during the first month outside of the hospital, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Half of those who took part in the survey and had either a heart attack or heart failure did not take their medications correctly at least once during the month, HealthDay said, citing the report. In addition, 23 percent of these situations were dangerous and another 1.8 percent were actually putting their lives in danger.

"This shows how vulnerable patients are in the transition from hospital to home," Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a spokesman for the American Heart Association, told the news source. "Many had thought that having pharmacist assistance, counseling and individual follow-up would reduce or even eliminate the likelihood of having an adverse drug event."

Those who have questions about heart health may benefit from speaking with their physician. However, if they don't feel their current insurance offering is up to a proper standard, it may be a smart plan to look for health insurance quotes that have better terms.

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