Sudden inability to act delays cardiac care

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Patients who wait a long time before seeking care for symptoms of myocardial infarction may experience an inability to act on the symptoms, according to a questionnaire study in which 326 patients participated. The study was conducted by Carolin Nymark, head of nursing development for the Heart and Vascular Theme and researchers.

One characteristic of those waited more than 12 hours is that they replied that they did not know what to do when the symptoms arose and they were unable to do anything, they became paralyzed.

"We need to talk to patients who have experienced an inability to act on symptoms so that if they should have a new myocardial infarction they will be more proactive and seek care faster," says Carolin Nymark, head of nursing development for the Heart and Vascular Theme and researchers.

The study was published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (follow link)