PMID: 589537Dec 17, 1977

Evolution of emergency cardiac care in Canada

Canadian Medical Association Journal
A C Webster

Abstract

Acute myocardial infarction is the most common cause of death in Canada. Most deaths occur within the first 2 hours of the onset of symptoms, before the person seeks or is able to obtain medical aid, and are due to arrhythmias rather than massive myocardial damage. Effective electrical and drug treatment of arrhythmias has reduced the hospital mortality but not the community mortality. If mortality from acute myocardial infarction and other causes of sudden unexpected death is to be reduced substantially a major reorganization of emergency medical services is needed so that the benefits of the modern coronary care unit can be provided to the patient as rapidly as possible. Public education in basic life support procedures to sustain life until advanced life support aid arrives is the first step towards the development of a more effective system of emergency cardiac care.

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