Translating Medical Research - Preventing Sudden Heart Death
SAN FRANCISCO, An issue of the renowned New England Journal of Medicine (December 16, 1999) contains an original research article entitled "A Randomized Study of the Prevention of Sudden Death in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease."
The research reported in this article will, we believe, influence health care. However, can someone who is not an MD or a PhD biomedical scientist understand this article? Our purpose will be to "translate" four sentences as a sampler from the report.
The Opening Sentence
Article: The body of the article opens with this sentence: "Despite recent decreases in the rates of death from cardiovascular disease, mortality after discharge from the hospital remains high among survivors of acute myocardial infarction who have substantial left ventricular dysfunction."