Heart groups release guidelines on severe heart attack

12/18/2012 | HealthDay News

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have updated guidelines on treating ST-elevation myocardial infarction. When percutaneous coronary intervention is not available, anti-clotting drugs should be administered if safe before transfer to a hospital where angioplasty-stent treatment can be performed. Providers should begin cooling procedures in advance of or during cardiac catheterization to minimize brain injury. The guidelines appeared online in the journal Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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