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Study notes lag in angioplasty transfers
Modern Healthcare

Heart attack patients who require a hospital transfer for primary percutaneous coronary intervention—also known as angioplasty—are rarely discharged from the first hospital within the recommended timeframe, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Only about a quarter of U.S. hospitals are equipped to perform PCI, meaning that many patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI, who need the procedure will be transferred from one hospital to another, the authors said in the study.