Certain older adults don't get to the hospital soon enough when experiencing a heart attack

For individuals experiencing a heart attack, delays in getting to the hospital can have life-threatening consequences. A new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that certain factors--non-white race, atypical symptoms, and heart failure--are linked with such delays in older individuals. The study included 2500 patients aged 75 or older hospitalized for heart attack. Pre-hospital delay (six or more hours before getting to the hospital) was much more common (42%) than in studies of younger heart attack populations, in whom the reported prevalence ranges from 20% to 25%. "Delays in presentation can have huge consequences for older...

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