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Urban and rural heart attack patients fare equally well at Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

MINNEAPOLIS 11/10/2011--Heart attack patients who are transferred from rural hospitals do as well as patients who go directly to Abbott Northwestern for treatment, according to a study published in the November European Heart Journal.

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"We found that an organized regional heart attack care system can eliminate disparities in treatment between patients who live in urban and rural areas," said David Larson, MD, of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and lead study author. Larson is also chair of Emergency Medicine and medical director of the Chest Pain Center at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minn.

The study’s objective was to see how well clot-busting drug therapy worked for patients who could not receive balloon angioplasty within 90 minutes. Researchers analyzed the outcomes of 660 patients who were transferred from 31 regional hospitals and compared them with those of 600 patients who went directly to Abbott Northwestern.

There were no significant differences in 30-day mortality, stroke incidence or major bleeding.

"With our current drug regimen, we have shown that patients can have the exact same outcomes whether they live 200 miles away or just down the street from a primary heart center," Larson said.

The study was based on the Minneapolis Heart Institute's Level One database of 2,634 patients who were treated at Abbott Northwestern from April 2003 through December 2009.

About Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Minneapolis Heart Institute® is recognized internationally as one of the world's leading providers of heart and vascular care. Abbott Northwestern, part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, is the largest hospital in the Twin Cities and recognized nationally and locally for its exceptional expertise and care.

About Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation is dedicated to creating a world without heart disease through groundbreaking clinical research and innovative education programs. MHIF's mission is to promote and improve cardiovascular health, quality of life and longevity for all. For more about the Foundation, go to mplsheart.org.

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