Factors associated with decision time for patients with ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction.
J Zhejiang Univ Sci B. 2013 Aug;14(8):754-8
Authors: Qian L, Ji KT, Nan JL, Lu Q, Zhu YJ, Wang LP, Liao LM, Tang JF
Increased delay in visiting a hospital for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is often associated with poor outcomes. The factors associated with the decision time were analyzed by comparing the characteristics of patients with delays longer or shorter than the median of 60 min. Pre-hospital delay tended to be longer for patients living in suburban areas compared to those in urban areas (P=0.015). Shorter decision time was more likely among older patients. Being married, medical insurance coverage, and the level of educational qualification did not affect decision time. More efforts should be paid to educate the patients with high risk in suburban areas in order to effectively reduce pre-hospital delays.
PMID: 23897796 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]