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Most Heart Attack Patients Who Need Angioplasty Quickly Get It: Study
Date:8/23/2011

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"This remarkable study shows a dramatic improvement in the delivery of high quality health care on a nationwide basis for a specific, very serious acute medical condition," said Dr. James Slater, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. He noted that getting patients to care quickly is "a complicated process of opening the cardiac cath lab and coordinating swift and efficient interactions between the emergency room and interventional cardiology doctors and staff."

"The most important outcome of this study, although not specifically measured, is that these systematic improvements resulted in the lives of many thousands of Americans being saved, including a substantial number who will be able to return to productive activity," Slater added.

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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about coronary angioplasty.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: James Slater, M.D., director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; Circulation, news release, Aug. 22, 2011


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