Why Severe Heart Attacks Are Becoming Less Deadly = Stents | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Severe heart attacks may not be as deadly as they used to be, according to new research.  A new French study demonstrated that patients hospitalized for severe heart attacks – technically known as ST-elevation myocardial infarctions – the chances of dying within 30 days dropped from 13.7% in 1995 to 4.4% in 2010, an improvement of 68%.
Researchers looked at data from nationwide registries in France 1995- 2010 of 6,700 patients who had heart attacks and were admitted to intensive care units. They found that the improvement in survival was likely related to a number of factors, including demographic changes, more timely presentation to hospitals, improvements in medications and treatments, and higher rates of STENTING open up blocked arteries.