Medicine: Not So Mild

Many doctors reason that the victim of a mild heart attack is uniquely blessed. Standard treatment for such attacks involves no prolonged restrictions or use of anticoagulants; most patients are up and around after three weeks of bed rest and quickly return to normal activity. Such people, so the traditional medical argument runs, should thank their stars that the same factors that often produce fatal attacks in others have caused them only temporary indisposition. But last week Philadelphia's Dr. William Likoff somberly warned the AHA that the "mild coronary" may have more cause for ap prehension than for gratitude.

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