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Paradox lost: Speedier heart attack treatment saves more lives after all, study suggests

from Medical Xpress

A national effort to shave minutes off emergency heart attack treatment time has increased the chance that each patient will survive, a new study suggests. But yet the survival rate for all patients put together hasn't budged. It seems like a paradox. But wait, say the authors of the new report: the paradox vanishes with more detailed analysis of exactly who has been getting this treatment. Far more people are getting emergency angioplasty and stents for heart attacks now than before. That number now includes more people with more complicated health issues that can put them at higher risk for dying in the hospital or soon after. more


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