French study links early PCI to improved survival rates

People who received percutaneous coronary intervention early after non-trauma, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest lived significantly longer than those who didn’t, in a French study presented Saturday at the ReSuscitation Science Symposium.

“Our work suggests that the systematic use of PCI in all cardiac arrest patients admitted in the intensive care unit […]

Calling 911 important to get prompt treatment

Timothy “Mitch” Mitchell was one of the lucky ones. A diabetic and a longtime smoker, he experienced some burning sensations in his chest off and on for a few days, but thought it was “from the cold” September days in Wisconsin.

After the burning pain “got worse” and wouldn’t go […]

Study says heart attack patients need to get to the hospital quicker

A new study that showed reducing “door-to-balloon” times in hospitals did not improve survival rates for patients with severe heart attacks, also emphasizes the need to save time between the start of severe heart attack symptoms and patients’ arrival at the hospital, said Gray Ellrodt, M.D., national spokesperson for […]