Heart Attack Recovery: It’s All in the Timing

A new study out of the Quebec Healthcare Assessment Agency, and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that it is more important to act quickly to treat heart attack patients than what the actual treatment is.

Rather than having victims awaiting an emergency angioplasty to restore blood flow, of which the typical wait time is about 90 minutes of arrival at hospital, research is claiming that an injection of clot-busting drugs within 30 minutes will boost the patient’s blood flow and recovery, and allow for rural patients, for whom availability to angioplasty (an effective long-term solution) is limited, to schedule that procedure at a later date, if needed.