Does Faster Treatment Save Lives?


By Molly Clifton

Doctors at hospitals are getting faster treating heart attack patients, but a new study finds that’s not saving lives.

A team from the University of Michigan analyzed 100,000 heart attack cases between 2005 and 2009.

That’s when there was a national effort to treat patients in 90-minutes or less after arriving at the hospital.

Researchers found nearly five percent of patients died and the rate was virtually unchanged despite the quicker response time.


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