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ECG Transmission from Ambulance Cuts Time to Direct Clot Removal

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Heart Attack Treatment

When emergency medical technicians (EMTs) 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, according to cardiologists at Duke University Medical Center and NorthEast Medical Center, Concord, N.C.

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Cutting this "door-to-reperfusion" time is critical, the cardiologists said, because the sooner a patient suffering from a heart attack receives an artery-opening procedure, the more likely heart muscle can be saved, and that the patient will potentially derive a survival benefit.

While the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association recommend that patients have their arteries opened directly within 90 minutes of arriving at the hospital