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Early identification and delay to treatment in myocardial infarction and stroke: differences and similarities.

Journal article
Authors Johan Herlitz
Birgitta Wireklintsundström
Angela Bång
Annika Berglund
Leif Svensson
Christian Blomstrand
Published in Scandinavian journal of trauma, resuscitation and emergency medicine
Volume 18
Pages 48
ISSN 1757-7241
Publication year 2010
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Institute of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
Pages 48
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1186/1757-7241-18-48
Subject categories Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems

Abstract

The two major complications of atherosclerosis are acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and acute ischemic stroke. Both are life-threatening conditions characterised by the abrupt cessation of blood flow to respective organs, resulting in an infarction. Depending on the extent of the infarction, loss of organ function varies considerably. In both conditions, it is possible to limit the extent of infarction with early intervention. In both conditions, minutes count. This article aims to describe differences and similarities with regard to the way patients, bystanders and health care providers act in the acute phase of the two diseases with the emphasis on the pre-hospital phase.

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