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

ercent); 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


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