Peterson quoted in NYTimes feature on drop in deaths from heart disease

Monday, June 22, 2015

Eric Peterson, MD, professor of medicine and executive director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, was quoted in the New York Times in a front-page story about the nationwide quality movement in the management of acute myocardial infarction.

The story highlighted one of Peterson’s research articles from the New England Journal of Medicine. 

The payoff from the changes has been breathtaking, experts say.

 “Heart disease mortality is dropping like a stone. This is a reason why,” said Dr. Eric Peterson, a cardiology researcher at Duke. “And stroke has fallen to fifth as a major killer. This is a reason why.”

Read the full story: A Sea Change in Treating Heart Attacks, by Gina Kolata. (A second and third part of Kolata's series are are also online: Building a Better Valve and Putting Stents to the Test.)

"This is another example of the Division’s excellent work in implementation science," wrote Joseph Rogers, MD, interim chief of the Division of Cardiology, in his weekly newsletter to Cardiology faculty.