New tool predicts risk of death post-MI

Strongest risk factors among over-75s are advanced age, length of stay and unintentional weight loss, say US researchers

A new tool accurately predicts six-month mortality for older adults hospitalised with acute MI, researchers report.

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The US researchers developed and validated their model for use in over-75s at discharge from admission for MI.

They used data from more than 3000 patients, 266 of whom had died before 180 days post-discharge.

Among the 15 factors significantly associated with six-month mortality, four were not used in prior models.

The strongest factors for increased risk of death included more

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