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Time of Arrival Could Save STEMI Patients

According to an article published by CBS News, arrival time at the emergency room may affect the survival rates of those who suffer a ST-elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe type of heart attack. The study, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, analyzed over 43,000 patients arriving at the hospital with STEMI between 2007 and 2010. Researchers found a 13 percent higher risk in those who arrived after normal business hours, pinpointing the risk difference to the time taken in receiving an angioplasty. Patients arriving during normal business hours received one 16 minutes sooner, on average.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.