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Heart attack victims need quicker attention

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The American Heart Association in West Virginia is working with nearly 100 healthcare and emergency medical service providers to provide better care for heart problems.  The group says that hundreds of thousands of Americans have a type of heart attack called a STEMI in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. Unless the blockage is eliminated quickly, the patient’s life is at serious risk.

The Association unveiled Mission: Lifeline today to educate providers to recognize the signs of such a heart attack. EMT’s need to be trained on new electrocardiogram equipment and transport patients to hospitals that offer angioplasty to restore blood flow.

Hospitals and physicians will be urged to perform the procedure within 90 minutes of the patient’s arrival.

The goal of Mission: Lifeline is close gaps in care by providing critical information to providers since according to the Heart Association, most Americans do not have ready access to an established STEMI system of care.

For more information and to recognize the signs of a STEMI heart attack, go to: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/#

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