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The changing face of cardiovascular care in Australia

Derek P B Chew and Ian A Scott
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (11): 604-605. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11053
Published online: 17 June 2013

Realising the promised gains of cardiovascular innovation will demand an increase in clinical cardiac decision-making capacity

Modern cardiovascular care has been blessed with therapeutic innovations that have reduced morbidity and mortality. From invasive management for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) to nurse-led heart failure management programs and anticoagulation for stroke prophylaxis in atrial fibrillation (AF), therapeutic advances have led not only to improved cardiovascular outcomes, but also the need for greater sophistication in balancing benefits with harms and costs (Box). With such complexity, decisions about management increasingly require access to risk stratification and evidence-based clinical decision support.

  • Derek P B Chew1
  • Ian A Scott2

  • 1 Flinders University, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.


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