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Procedural changes help UCH deflate door-to-balloon time


In the world of stroke care, there’s nothing more important than these three syllables: time is brain. A blocked artery ravages brain tissue at the rate of some 2 million neurons per minute. What applies to the head also holds for the heart. The longer the heart muscle is deprived of blood, the greater the damage.

Ideally, the elapsed time from the moment emergency providers bring a patient suffering a type of heart attack known as a STEMIinto the hospital to the start of a catheterization to clear an arterial blockage should be 90 minutes or less for at least 75 percent of patients, excluding those transferred from another facility.into the hospital to the start of a catheterization to clear an arterial blockage should be 90 minutes or less for at least 75 percent of patients, excluding those transferred from another facility.

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