Adults who are worried about their heart should consider adapting an alkaline diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. When patients experience chest pains, the speed of treatment may be key to make sure the patient has the best outcome possible.
A new study published in the journal Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions suggests patients who are experiencing chest pains who have an electrocardiogram (EKG) assessment before entering the hospital will have to wait less time for treatment upon arrival.
After surveying the average amount of treatment time, researchers determined that when emergency technicians treated patients with an EKG, they only had to wait 60.2 minutes for treatment in the hospital. Patients who did not receive EKGs waited an average of 90.5 minutes for treatment.
The serious situation is that for every 30 minutes a patient waits for treatment, its possible that the elevated risk of mortality rate increases by one year.
“Our results re-emphasize the importance of early activation of the (cardiac catheterization laboratory) CCL in order to improve time-to-reperfusion in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), [when a blood clot completely obstructs the artery],” concluded Dr. Shukri David.