This article was originally published in Start Up
Service Carveouts; Disease Management; Cardiovascular. Although many scientifically proven, easily available regimens can prevent incidences of cardiovascular event, as health care is delivered today, a patient often doesn's get help until he suffersa potentially preventable heart attack. InteCardia hopes to manage cardiovascular disease with programs aimed both at patients who have already suffered cardiac events as well as people at risk of developing disease.
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