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HEART ATTACKS IN HOSPITALS

ANCHOR LEAD: HEART ATTACKS IN HOSPITALSSOME PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE HEART ATTACKS WHILE HOSPITALIZED DON’T RECEIVE CARE QUICKLY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

70% of people who had a heart attack while hospitalized received appropriate treatment within acceptable time limits, a recent study revealed.  The bad news is that 30% of folks who had a heart attack in the hospital did not.  Rick Lange, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, says the study helps pinpoint the problems.             :18

LANGE:  It gave us some insight into which patients were not likely to undergo immediate or quick defibrillation.  Patients that were admitted without a heart diagnosis, patients that had an arrest on the weekends or on nights.  Now this implies that these are patients whose heart is not being monitored.  Remember when we talk about a cardiac arrest, that’s when someone loses consciousness, they stop breathing and their heart stops.  So if someone is being monitored 24 hours a day seven days a week we’d be able to find out when the arrest occurs and immediately resuscitate them.            :30        

LANGE:  It gave us some insight into which patients were not likely to undergo immediate or quick defibrillation.  Patients that were admitted without a heart diagnosis, patients that had an arrest on the weekends or on nights.  Now this implies that these are patients whose heart is not being monitored.  Remember when we talk about a cardiac arrest, that’s when someone loses consciousness, they stop breathing and their heart stops.  So if someone is being monitored 24 hours a day seven days a week we’d be able to find out when the arrest occurs and immediately resuscitate them.            :30

  

Lange says devices and systems to provide continuous heart monitoring to all patients in the hospital is under development.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.  


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