He notes that patients living within a two-hour drive to a hospital will more likely have their electrocardiogram read while they're en route in an ambulance, and have their plaques removed by a clot-retrieving device rather than dissolved with tenecteplase. Even in remote parts of the United States, emergency medical technicians, emergency physicians and cardiologists are devising ways to speed the clearance of coronary arteries blocked by clots and plaques.
Researchers at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, claim they have made an artificial human heart muscle that's big enough to be used to solve damage seen in heart attack victims. The team said that this development takes us closer towards the aim of repairing dead heart muscles in patients.
An Australian nurse who sensed he was having a heart attack took necessary measures to save his own life. The 44-year-old man, whose name has been withheld for security reasons, was the only medical professional on duty at a nursing post in Coral Bay, Western Australia, when he started experiencing chest pain and dizziness, South China Morning Post reported. The first thing the man did was perform an electrocardiogram (EKG), which revealed that the male nurse had a complete heart blockage – the result of a developing heart condition. A second EKG confirmed the fact that the man was indeed suffering from a heart attack. Using the Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS), he emailed the results to a doctor and connected to an emergency physician who was willing to help him out.
Almost a third of patients in England and Wales are being given the wrong initial diagnosis after a heart attack - with women having a far higher chance of being affected, a study suggests. Lisa Price told the Today programme how she was misdiagnosed after her heart attack and prescribed paracetamol.