Survival rate not improved by invasive procedures

by Medindia Content Team on  February 5, 2005 at 5:29 PM General Health News
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Survival rate not improved by invasive procedures
According to a new study, invasive procedures such as catheterization, performed on heart patients as soon as they are admitted to the hospital may not improve survival rates.
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Researchers have conducted studies on a statistically significant group of patient population who were admitted to a hospital (cardiac catheterization facilities) after suffering from suspected acute coronary syndrome, a life-threatening heart condition. A catheterization procedure involves inserting a fine tube into the heart via a blood vessel in order to determine the condition of the heart.

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Patients admitted to hospitals with specialized facilities were more likely to undergo invasive procedures as expected. However at the end of six months, it was found that the risk of death was 14 percent higher among patients admitted to hospitals with specialized facilities.This finding recommends the optimal and judicious use of invasive procedures in treating patients with acute coronary syndrome.

It is also more logical to take patients with acute coronary syndrome to the nearest hospital whether or not specialized facilities are available, rather than having an early routine transfer of the patient to a more specialized facility.
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