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Delay in seeking help after myocardial infarction increases cardiac damage, study shows

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6992 (Published 31 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6992
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Delays by patients in recognizing symptoms and seeking medical help after having a myocardial infarction are associated with increased damage to the heart, shows

a study of US patients.1 The study indicates that improvements made by hospitals in reducing the time to treat myocardial infarction can be further improved with increased public awareness about the need for prompt treatment.

The researchers reviewed the records of 2056 patients treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) after having an ST segment elevation …

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