Patients Become More Aware Of Some Signs Of Heart Attack And Had To Seek Help – Part 2 of 3
In addition, patients were more conscious of the signs of heart attack and the time from the onset of the attack until patients arrived at the hospital was cut from an average 1,7 hours to 1,5 hours, the researchers found. Roe’s place also found that for patients undergoing an angioplasty. There was an increase in the complexity of the procedure, including more patients with more challenging conditions. There were reductions in complications, including bleeding or injury to the arteries. There were changes in medications to check blood clots, which reflect the results of clinical trials and recommendations in new clinical practice guidelines. And there was a reduction in the use of older drug-eluting stents, but an extension in the use of new types of drug-eluting stents.
Despite all the good news, Roe’s team said there was still room for improvement in care, particularly in ways to reduce the risk of bleeding that is present with even the most advanced treatments. “We distress to do ongoing and regular surveillance of care patterns” Roe said.
Dr Gregg C Fonarow, a cardiology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, commented that “national clinical registries fix up valuable data to characterize recent trends in the treatment and in-hospital clinical outcomes for patients hospitalized with cardiovascular disease or those undergoing cardiovascular procedures”. This unheard of report demonstrates improvements in the speed in which reperfusion is offered in heart attack patients, better use of guideline-recommended medications in heart attack patients, and decreases in complications in patients undergoing coronary procedures.