ScienceDirect.com – Journal of the American College of Cardiology – Non-System Reasons for Delay in Door-To-Balloon Time and Associated In-Hospital Mortality: A Report from the NCDR®

 

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ScienceDirect.com – Journal of the American College of Cardiology – Non-System Reasons for Delay in Door-To-Balloon Time and Associated In-Hospital Mortality: A Report from the NCDR®.

Patients with non-system delays were more likely to be older, female, African American, and have greater comorbidities. The in-hospital mortality for patients treated without delay was 2.5% vs. 15.1% for those with delay.

Reading through this, let’s break it down realistically. From the time you hit the ER door with a blocked artery to the time you get ballooneed …. the longer that time, the less chance you have of surviving.

Let’s be blunt as can be.  If you’re morbidly obese, you’re difficult to get up on the table, difficult to intubate, difficult to get to your veins, difficult to get to your heart.

Difficulty adds time.  Time you don’t have.

Not to mention that by being huge, you put yourself at huge risk of that same STEMI you’re being treated for.

All in all, a horrible way to die — because your obseity got in the way of your blood moving, and then your fat got in the way of your getting treated.

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