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After the Myocardial Infarction: A Review and Approach to Risk Stratification

  • Edward M. Dwyer Jr
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    Corresponding Author: Division of Cardiology, St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital, 428 West 59 Street, New York, NY 10019
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    Professor of Clinical Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University; and Chief of Cardiology, St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital, Roosevelt Division, New York, New York
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      Each patient who is stricken with a myocardial infarction should be evaluated with respect to future risk. Risk stratification should be carried out early after the acute infarction since the majority of excess deaths occur early after discharge. Clinical observations and several properly selected noninvasive procedures will classify most patients into high or low risk.
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