The Time of Day You Have A Heart Attack Could Effect Treatment Times - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/16/05

The Time of Day You Have A Heart Attack Could Effect Treatment Times

The time of day you have a heart attack could effect how quickly you get treated.

A new study found patients treated during "off-hours", like nights and weekends, received life saving procedures, such as angioplaties, anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours later than patients arriving during normal business hours.

Researchers say treatment time is often associated with survival rates but about 40 percent of patients are waiting over two hours for cardiac care. They suggest all hospitals improve staff and systems so that no time is wasted. Treatment times for clot busting drugs are only a minute or two apart for off peak during peak times.

National guidelines say heart attack drugs should be administered within 30 minutes of hospital arrival and, procedures, such as catherization should be done within an hour and a half. The majority of patients present at hospital with a heart attack on nights or weekends.

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