Inpatient STEMI yields lower chances of survival

04/28/2013

The survival rate of patients who had ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction while in the hospital for reasons other than their hearts was 60% compared to more than 96% among outpatients, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Inpatients with STEMI were older and sicker than those who developed the condition outside the hospital, but differences persisted even after accounting for age and illness. Chest pain is less likely at onset among hospitalized patients, which may lead to delays in recognizing the condition, a researcher said.

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