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Treat heart attack patients without delay, study insists

20th May 2009

New research has revealed more heart attack patients could be saved if treated quickly after admission to hospital.

A paper published on bmj.com calls for immediate treatment to be standard after studies revealed mortality rates could be significantly reduced through quicker attention.

Following a heart attack, patients often undergo a procedure using a balloon-tipped catheter that is inserted into a main artery.

The time elapsed between a patient’s arrival at hospital and first balloon inflation is known as the “door-to-balloon time” with the current target set at 90 minutes.

But after analysing the data of 43,801 patients who underwent balloon angioplasty within 12 hours of a heart attack, researchers found a delay in “door-to-balloon time” is associated with a higher mortality rate.

The highest mortality rate (10.3 per cent) was found in patients with door-to-balloon times of 270 minutes.

“Rather than accepting the 90 minute door-to-balloon time benchmark, our data support calls for an ‘as soon as possible’ standard for patients undergoing [balloon angioplasty],” said the research authors.

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