Researchers made the discovery when they studied the progress of 7,054 patients who were admitted to a veterans' hospital between 2003 and 2004. Of these, 792 patients - or 11 per cent of the total - suffered a heart attack while in the hospital.
They don't investigate why this is happening, although recent reports of thousands of medical mishaps in hospitals may give us a clue.
(Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, 2006; 166: 1410-6).
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