Some Harvard researchers decided to measure whether outcomes are worse for heart patients during the weeks when their cardiologists are on holiday.
Turns out cardiologists skipping work isn’t bad for patients at all — and it just may save their lives.
High-risk patients with cardiac arrest or heart failure who were treated during those weeks were far less likely to die in the month after that treatment. And among heart attack victims, emergency interventions such as angioplasty and stents plummeted as well, but death rates were no different.
In other words, if you’re going to have a heart attack or cardiac arrest, you might want to do it when the top doctors are on holiday. Your risk of being over-treated — or even harmed by your treatment — seems less.
The editor-in-chief of JAMA Internal Medicine (where the study was published), said, “It is reassuring that patient outcomes do not suffer while many cardiologists are away.”
I couldn’t agree more. In fact, I think we ought to encourage them to get away more often.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Mortality and Treatment Patterns Among Patients Hospitalized With Acute Cardiovascular Conditions During Dates of National Cardiology Meetings, archinte.jamanetwork.com