Appeared in part on Sept. 19 (HealthDay News)
By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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.
Suggestions to out live that heart attack you or a loved one might experience.
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