December 3rd, 2009

Study shows treatment after heart attack is getting faster

By Kelley Luckstein

A national push to avert delays in heart attack treatment has sharply increased the percentage of people who get prompt care, a study shows. Heart attacks occur when a blood clot cuts off the heart's blood supply. Doctors have known for years that a heart deprived of blood soon begins to die…

 

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic now routinely treat patients within 30 minutes and are working on a study they hope will show a reduction in death rates as a result of improved treatment, says Henry Ting, the clinic's director of cardiology quality.

 

USA Today  by Steve Sternberg, 12/3/09

Tags: blood clots, Cardiology, delays in heart attach

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