Heart attack patients who are transferred from one hospital to another for emergency angioplasty often experience long delays in treatment. The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and European Society of Cardiology recommend that fibrinolytic therapy begin within 30 minutes of a heart attack patient's arrival at a hospital.
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Unlike a heart attack, which typically occurs when there is a sudden blockage in an artery supplying blood to a heart, cardiac arrest is more of an electrical problem, in which the heart goes into a fast and chaotic rhythm called ventricular fibrillation.
Chocolate, wine and romance aren't just the quickest ways to your true love's heart. A University of Michigan Health System cardiologist says these Valentine's Day traditions are also the way to a healthy heart.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) reduce death by 23 percent in people with heart failure whose hearts don't pump blood efficiently.
Protamine, a drug used for more than 40 years immediately after coronary artery bypass surgery to return thinned blood to its normal state, has been shown to have more potential negative side effects than previously appreciated, according to Duke University Medical Center researchers.
When attempting to locate their heart, most people place their hand on their left chest. Actually, your heart is located in the center of your chest between your lungs. The bottom of the heart is tipped to the left, so you feel more of your heart on your left side of your chest.