Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Next Step for STEMI: Field Dx and Decision?

From Biotech Intelligence:

New Treatment Protocol Delivers Four-Fold Reduction in Mortality Among Higher Risk Heart Attack Victims

The hearts of patients experiencing chest pains caused by blocked arteries typically exhibit a particular type of ECG waveform called a STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction). The UOHI team trained paramedics to recognize the STEMI waveform and initiate a protocol designed to deliver the fastest, most effective treatment by bypassing normal emergency room procedures and routing the patient directly to a specialized treatment lab. To clear blocked arteries, the team used a mechanical method known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) wherein a balloon is inserted into the artery to eliminate obstructions, a procedure known as angioplasty.


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