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Failure of current public educational campaigns to impact on the initial response of patients with possible heart attack.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15845109     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: The National Heart Foundation of Australia recognizes that the risk of lethal arrhythmias is greater very early after the onset of myocardial infarction and that the more promptly flow can be restored in the infarct-related artery the greater will be the benefits for survival and preservation of heart function. The Heart Foundation has therefore conducted several public media campaigns to encourage patients to seek help more promptly and evaluated their impact. METHODS: Since 1996, we have conducted four surveys of delays preceding admission of patients to coronary care units throughout Australia to assess the impact of the Heart Foundation's media campaigns. Data were collected on 1665 patients who presented to 73 hospitals; information on patient delay was available for 1178 of them. RESULTS: There were no significant differences in patient delay (median 1.5-2.0 h) in the four surveys from 1996 to 2002, nor when patients were categorized by age, sex, presenting diagnosis or history of previous myocardial infarction or coronary revascularization by percutaneous or surgical techniques. CONCLUSION: New approaches are needed to reduce patient-related delay after the onset of symptoms suggesting possible myocardial infarction.
J H N Bett; A M Tonkin; P L Thompson; C N Aroney
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Internal medicine journal     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1444-0903     ISO Abbreviation:  Intern Med J     Publication Date:  2005 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-04-22     Completed Date:  2005-08-16     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101092952     Medline TA:  Intern Med J     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  279-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Health Care Surveys
Health Education*
Health Promotion
Mass Media*
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis*,  therapy*

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