A new brain chemical test that predicts which patients with heart attack symptoms are at higher risk of dying is paradoxically not being used in younger, healthier patients who could benefit the most.
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The findings could potentially offer patients use of their own stem cells to repair heart tissue soon after a heart attack.
When emergency medical technicians wirelessly transmit eletrocardiograms (ECG) directly to a cardiologist's hand held device, heart attack patients can potentially receive direct clot removal in half the usual time.
Older, female and minority patients rushed to community hospitals with acute heart attacks are less likely to be transferred to a larger hospital that offers procedures to immediately open clogged arteries.
Older Americans with alcohol problems, when hospitalized for a heart attack, do not get worse treatment than their sober peers.
Although the benefits of aspirin therapy for reducing the risk of heart attack among men and women with preexisting cardiovascular disease are well established, the role of aspirin in primary prevention is less clear.