Hospitals in the United States are delivering faster emergency care to heart-attack patients, increasing their survival, an analysis found.
This year, about 770,000 Americans will have their first heart attack, where blood flow to the organ is suddenly cut off or reduced, and about 430,000 will have a recurrent attack, according to the American College of Cardiology. About 38% of those heart attacks will result in death. Half of those deaths occur within one hour of symptoms occurring. Researchers in the study used guidelines for heart-attack care from the cardiology group and the American Heart Association to measure how well hospitals were meeting these benchmarks.
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|Date:||Jul 19, 2010|
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