Study: Heart attack patients don't get treatment fast enough

08/17/2005 | USA Today · Plain Dealer (Cleveland), The

An analysis of 100,000 heart attacks recorded between 1999 and 2004 indicates fewer than half of people suffering heart attacks receive treatment that is prompt enough to meet current guidelines for minimizing damage to the heart muscle. The study suggests the worst time for patients to have a heart attack is on weekends or after business hours, especially if the patient requires angioplasty, as only about 20% of hospitals can handle emergency angioplasty.

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