In a recent study conducted at two hospitals in San Francisco, 44% of patients ultimately referred to the cardiac cath lab for suspectedheart attack had shown up to the emergency department on their own. But the remainder who hitched a ride in an ambulance progressed through the emergency department and into the cath lab significantly faster, despite needing more intensive care in the ED.
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How did you get to the hospital with your heart attack. WHat were the circumstances?