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Determination of Factors that Affect Time to Hospital Presentation in Patients with Symptoms Suggestive of an Acute Myocardial Infarction

Life saving measures for acute myocardial infarction include reperfusion therapy. There have been international studies done looking at factors contributing to prehospital delay in patients with such an event. This study looks factors that contribute to delays in a Jamaican University hospital population.


Objective:  To determine the factors that affect time to hospital presentation in persons with symptoms suggestive of an acute myocardial infarction.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was done at the emergency department at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Kingston Jamaica. One hundred and fifty persons whopresented with symptoms suggestive of an AMI and were later diagnosed as such were analyzed.

07 Sep, 2016
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e-Published: 09 Sep, 2016


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