“During a heart attack, every minute counts“

Cardiovascular diseases are among the most frequent causes of death.Werner Jung, cardiologist in Villingen-Schwenningen, talks about the state of the art in research and therapy.

[…]Dr. Jung, what’s new on the subject of myocardial infarction?
Immediate heart catheterization is the leading intervention for managing patients with acute myocardial infarction. The only way that can work is if there are four to five cardiologists on call 24/7 – including weekends, Christmas, Easter and holidays. In smaller hospitals, this is usually not feasible. Nowadays, thrombolysis, in other words, dissolving the clot that occurs during acute myocardial infarction, is hardly ever performed anymore because catheterization has proven markedly superior to thrombolytic therapy.

What is so special about cardiogoniometry?
Here, we are talking about a method that is applied when the patient presents with angina pectoris symptoms manifesting independently of exertion. In that setting, the method is more conclusive than a normal resting ECG. When the patient has symptoms and a normal resting ECG, but the cardiogoniometric ECG is not okay, then that is an indication that the patient most likely has sites of narrowing in his coronary vessels.
How many hospitals use this method?
So far, only relatively few. We are currently one of the few centres who are taking the lead in this trend. The procedure is still in the developmental phase. Perhaps – one day – it will replace the normal resting ECG. […]



Original Source :
Südkurier/Gesundheit [Health Section] 24.08. 2011