New research from a Ballarat clinician has found living in remote areas doesn’t increase risks for patients that have just suffered a heart attack.
Remoteness was a driving force for all Australian cardiovascular deaths between 2009 and 2012.
Adam Livori’s study wanted to find whether a patient’s distance from a capital city would increase risks of poor outcomes after a heart attack patient left hospital.
The research concluded that distance from a major regional centre or capital city had no effect on clinical outcomes.
In a statement, Mr. Livori says whether you’ve had your heart attack in Ballarat, in Richmond, or out past Warrnambool, the likelihood of you having a cardiovascular death, admission for heart attack, admission for stroke or heart failure is the same.
Mr. Livori’s research has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Cardiology.