In this large community-based cohort, the incidence and mortality rates associated with acute MI decreased from 1999 to 2008. Compared to 1999, the adjusted odds ratio of 30 day MI-related death in 2008 was 0.76 (CI 0.65-0.89). The reduction in incidence is likely due to improved preventive measures and the reduction in morality due to improve short-term quality of care (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.