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Numbers needed to treat (lives!) and numbers needed to save (money)

EuroIntervention 2013;9:175-177. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV9I2A28

1. Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine of the University of Verona, Verona, Italy; 2. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
The evolution of cardiovascular medicine over the last 30 years has allowed both a significant reduction in mortality and a continuous improvement in the quality of life for many patients with different forms of heart disease. Progress in medical treatment allied to technical improvements in both percutaneous and surgical interventions have all played a role. Optimal medical therapy, primary angioplasty in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), implantation of cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) and arterial grafts in coronary artery bypass surgery, among others, are obvious examples of this modern change. Such interventions support the fundamental missions declared by the major international cardiovascular scientific societies, i....

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