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Quicker Angioplasty Times for Heart Attack Patients

Time to Treatment Has Dropped 32 Minutes in Just 5 Years, Study Finds

Heart Patients and Angioplasty: Perspective

The study results show ''a substantial and meaningful reduction" in the treatment time window, says Shah of Cedars-Sinai. "It dropped by almost 32 minutes over a period of six years. That's very good."

The effort to do that is great, he says. It requires doctors and others from the emergency department and the cardiac lab to work together. An efficient system must be in place to activate the whole team quickly.

Heart Attack: Heeding the Symptoms

Patients can also improve their odds of getting prompt treatment by getting to the hospital as quickly as possible if they suspect a heart attack.

To do that, know the potential warning signs. According to the American Heart Association, these may include:

  • Discomfort in the chest. This can feel like a squeezing, fullness, pain, or pressure.
  • Discomfort in other upper body areas. These can include one or both arms, the back, the neck, stomach, or jaw.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • A feeling of nausea or lightheadedness

 

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