Podcast 817: MI Risk during Elections - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 817: MI Risk during Elections

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • 2020 retrospective study with dat from two California hospitals compared rates of cardiovascular admissions in a five day period two weeks before and the five days after the presidential election     
  • Hospitalization rate for acute cardiovascular disease increased by 17% and rate of acute myocardial infarction increased by 42%   
    • Highest rates occurred in demographic of white males older than 75 years old
  • No significant difference between groups in rates of stroke and heart failure 


Mefford MT, Rana JS, Reynolds K, et al. Association of the 2020 US Presidential Election With Hospitalizations for Acute Cardiovascular Conditions. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(4):e228031. Published 2022 Apr 1. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.8031


Summarized by Kirsten Hughes, MS4 | Edited by John Spartz MD & Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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