Heart attack care is getting better.

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Registered: 08-07-2007
Heart attack care is getting better.
Tue, 07-13-2010 - 3:30pm
Recent research has found there were significant improvements in a number of areas in heart attack care:

  • An increase from 90.8 percent to 93.8 percent in the use of treatments to clear blocked blood vessels.
  • An increase from 64.5 percent to 88 percent in the number of patients given angioplasty within 90 minutes of arriving at the hospital.
  • An improvement from 89.6 percent to 92.3 percent in performance scores that measure timeliness and appropriateness of therapy.
  • Better prescribing of blood thinners.
  • A significant drop in hospital death rates among heart patients.
  • Improvement in prescribing necessary medications, including aspirin, anti-platelet drugs, statins, beta blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blockers.
  • Improvement in counseling patients to quit smoking and referring patients to cardiac rehabilitation.

In addition, patients were more aware of the signs of heart attack and the time from the onset of the attack until patients arrived at the hospital was cut from an average 1.7 hours to 1.5 hours, the researchers found.


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Registered: 07-03-2010
Wed, 07-14-2010 - 1:46pm
Thanks Amy for sharing that.
I know I had a positive experience when I went to my ER at my local hospital.
Maybe someone feels like sharing your experience good or bad.
I know that I am so glad that I went.
It saved My Life!