Volume 11, Issue 4 (12-2008)                   J Arak Uni Med Sci 2008, 11(4): 67-75 | Back to browse issues page

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Background: Delay in treatment of acute myocardial infarction has an important effect on developing the myocardial damage and the prognosis of the patients. In this study, interval between the onsets of symptoms until hospitalization was studied on patients who reffered to fatemeh Zahra hospital of Bushehr port. Methods and Materials: This is a cross-sectional analytic study, carried out on 120 patients, with acute heart attack in Bushehr hospital by using a sampling during 9 month period. A questionnaire was used consisted of three sections: first demographic information second, questions about time Interval between the Beginning symptoms to hospitalization and third questions about cause of delay that it was completed by inteviwe method. Results: Results showed that the total length of time between the onset of symptoms and hospitalization EU was 273/33±259 minutes. There was significant relation between positive family history, past history of CAD, having insurance, chief complain, going to physician clinic before hospitalization and age with the delay timed (P<0.05). The most common cause of delay was lack of knowledge about symptoms and inattention toward their importance. Conclusion: Time Interval between the onsets of symptoms to hospitalization approximately was 4.5 hours that was not acceptable. Findings indicate developing educational approaches to increasing patient’s knowledge is necessary for better understanding of symptoms in the onset of MI that hereby with the delay time reduces.
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Received: 2009/04/16