Original Article

A Study of the Effectiveness of the Coronary Care Unit

Authors: G. E. BURGH, MD, T. D. GILES, MD


The authors compare the management and outcome in patients with myocardial infarction who were treated on a coronary care unit with those treated on the general medical wards. Almost all patients died either of congestive heart failure or of cardiogenic shock, influenced little by a coronary care unit. Of paramount importance in prognosis is the personnel involved in management. The authors speculate upon the role of the coronary care unit in future planning for medical care.

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