Failure or delay in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) can result in crippling cardiac insufficiency or death. In spite of the availability of organized and efficient emergency services, AMI still remains a major cause of death. Patients are often unwilling to adopt a healthy lifestyle and may fail to recognize symptoms. Rapid recognition and treatment substantially increase the chances of a good recovery, and the ability to acquire ECG's in the ambulance can significantly reduce time from recognition to reperfusion. However, successful identification and management of myocardial infarction depends on public awareness and a comprehensive community approach.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging