Fewer than a quarter call 911 during acute heart problem

December 27, 2012
Fewer than a quarter call 911 during acute heart problem
During acute coronary syndromes, fewer than one-quarter of patients call 911, according to a study published in the Jan. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

(HealthDay)—During acute coronary syndromes, fewer than one-quarter of patients call 911, according to a study published in the Jan. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

Jonathan D. Newman, M.D., from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, and colleagues conducted patient interviews and structured chart reviews to determine gender differences in calling 911.

The researchers found that, of the 476 patients studied, 292 (61 percent) were diagnosed with and 184 (39 percent) were diagnosed with (MIs). Only 23 percent of patients called 911. For women and men with unstable angina, similar percentages called 911 (15 and 13 percent, respectively). However, women with MIs were significantly more likely to call 911 than men (57 versus 28 percent). Women were 1.79 times more likely to call 911 during an MI than men (P < 0.01) after adjusting for other factors, including sociodemographic factors, health insurance status, history of MI, the left ventricular ejection fraction, Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events score, and acute coronary syndrome symptoms.

"In conclusion, the findings of the present study suggest that initiatives to increase calls to 911 are needed for women and men," the authors write.

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Lurker2358
not rated yet Dec 27, 2012
It typically takes at least two or three times longer to get to the emergency room by ambulance compared to if you just drive yourself, or have a family member drive you.

While you're waiting on the ambulance to show up, you're losing brain cells, or whatever.

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