Regional coordination cuts time to heart attack treatment

From Reuters:

By coordinating emergency resources, an experimental U.S. program got more heart attack patients treated promptly, researchers say.

Before the program started, 50 percent of people who showed up at hospitals got artery-opening therapy within the recommended window of time. The percentage increased to 55 percent after the program, researchers report.

“It’s absolutely clear that to save the lives of people having heart attacks we have to open the artery quickly,” said senior author Dr. Christopher Granger, of Duke University Medical Center in Durham. “We can probably reduce mortality by 60 percent.”

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