Navigation Links
One-Third of Severe Heart Attack Patients Have Treatment Delays
Date:9/19/2011

MONDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- More than a third of patients who experience a severe heart attack are delayed in getting the emergency artery-opening intervention they require, new research reveals.

Delays typically result from the fact that only a quarter of American hospitals are able to perform life-saving angioplasties. This means that many patients who experience a so-called "ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction" (STEMI) -- a total blockage of blood to the heart -- are quickly transferred out of the ER facility to which they are initially brought.

"While we are making tremendous progress, delays are still occurring during the transfer process," study senior author Dr. Timothy D. Henry, director of research at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, said in an American Heart Association news release.

"This," he added, "is the first study that examines and identifies the specific reasons for delay of transfer patients."

Henry and his colleagues report their findings in the current issue of Circulation.

To get a snapshot of the problem, the authors focused on more than 2,000 STEMI patients in the Minnesota/Wisconsin region who underwent a hospital transfer between 2003 and 2009.

Transfers were all made to the Minneapolis Heart Institute (MHI), a facility equipped to perform angioplasties. In some cases, the initial ER facility was as much as 210 miles away from MHI.

Yet despite the distance, almost two-thirds of the patients were transferred without delay, arriving at MHI within two hours.

Nevertheless, more than 34 percent did experience a delay. And in almost two-thirds of such cases, those delays were attributable to the referring facility.

Referral hospital delays involved waiting for transport (26 percent); ER delays (14 percent); diagnostic dilemmas (9 percent); initial negative testing for heart attacks (9 percent); and cardiac arrest (6 percent).

The latter cause for delay was also the most likely to result in patient fatalities, the authors noted: 31 percent of those who went into cardiac arrest ultimately died before transfer.

Delays unrelated to the referral facility also took place. In nearly 13 percent of delay cases the cause was the transport process, while nearly 16 percent of the time treatment delays occurred at the MHI facility itself.

"Our ultimate goal is to improve timely access to angioplasty in patients with STEMI," Henry said. "We've been very successful doing this in hospitals that are equipped to provide the procedure. This study emphasizes that now our focus should be on regional systems which seek to incorporate those hospitals that require patient transfer in the process."

More information

For more on angioplasty, visit the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

-- Alan Mozes

SOURCE: Circulation, news release, Sept. 19, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. One-third of Spanish children do not wake up feeling refreshed
2. One-Third of U.S. Adults Could Have Diabetes by 2050: CDC
3. 10 minutes could prevent one-third of road deaths
4. One-Third of U.S. Girls Get HPV Vaccine
5. One-third of young girls get HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer
6. Teen Inhalant Use Drops by One-Third in U.S.
7. One-third of antimalarial medicines sampled in 3 African nations found to be substandard
8. Estrogen treatment may help reverse severe pulmonary hypertension
9. New Drug May Relieve Severe, Tough-to-Treat Gout
10. Anti-Clotting Drug May Cause Severe Bleeding With No Benefit
11. UCSF study highlights success of brain surgery for severe epilepsy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
One-Third of Severe Heart Attack Patients Have Treatment Delays
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... industry today announced its strategic partnership with Connance, a healthcare industry leader ... two companies’ proven, proprietary technology combine to provide health systems, hospitals and ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... , ... Quality metrics are proliferating in cancer care, and are derived from ... of the beholder, according to experts who offered insights and commentary in the current ... For the full issue, click here . , For the American Society of ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned by Whole Health Supply ... health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made from Chinese herbs that ... Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root Extract and Rehmannia Root ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the ... AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in ... topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users can easily ... of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 hand-drawn pictures ... . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or text in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... has announced the addition of the " Global ... This report ... provides an updated review, including its applications in various ... total market, which includes three main industries: pharmaceutical and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Dehaier Medical Systems ... "Company"), which develops, markets and sells medical devices and ... , signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Hongyuan Supply ... Supply Chain") on June 20, 2016, to develop Dehaier,s ... strategic cooperation agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan Supply Chain,s ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 According ... by Type (Standard Pen Needles, Safety Pen Needles), Needle ... GLP-1, Growth Hormone), Mode of Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) - ... This report studies the market for the forecast period ... reach USD 2.81 Billion by 2021 from USD 1.65 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: