Receiving home health care reduces heart attack survivors’ risk of hospital readmission after discharge, a new study finds.
In the United States, only a small percentage of heart attack survivors receive home care such as nursing and physical therapy, according to study authors.
The findings were presented recently at a virtual American Heart Association meeting. Research presented at meetings is typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
“Little is known regarding the impact of home health care on heart attack patients,” lead author Muhammad Adil Sheikh said. “Since patients who receive home health care tend to be older and sicker than others, and these characteristics themselves can lead to hospital readmission, we wanted to investigate the impact of home health care alone on readmission.”