Friday, March 16, 2007

Don't have your heart attack on a weekend

Try not to have your heart attack on a weekend. Apparently mortality on weekends is increased. We've talked about door to needle time and door to balloon time on this blog before. Apparently the magic time is 90 minutes.

"The American Heart Association and
the American College of Cardiology say heart attack patients should get
angioplasties within 90 minutes of the time they enter the hospital.
But one recent study found only one in five hospitals gets it done that

That's not easy. Januzzi says that
at the minimum, it takes a crack team of two experienced cardiologists,
two trained nurses and a couple of cardiovascular technicians.

Now try going to a local hospital and looking for a crack team on a Saturday evening.

In other words, a heart attack on a weekday during work hours is about the best bet. On that note, have a good weekend and we will see you again on Monday.

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1 comment:

Brate said...

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