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New guidelines aim to streamline care for heart attack
New guidelines aim to streamline care for heart attack

(January 6, 2012 - Insidermedicine Week in Review)

 From Texas - New heart attack guidelines are published in Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The guidelines are aimed at improving recognition and treatment for patients suffering from STEMI -- a severe heart attack.

Some common symptoms of STEMI include:

-Sudden chest pain
-Shortness of breath
-Nausea, vomiting
-Anxiety (feeling of impending doom)

Researchers from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology developed the guidelines in order to streamline care from healthcare providers. PCI is the preferred treatment strategy, and clot busting drugs should be administered if the operation is delayed. Other guidelines include:
    -Improving patient recognition of heart attack   
    -EMS personnel administering ECGs in the field
    -Hypothermia to treat cardiac arrest
     -Providing detailed care plans once patient is discharged