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Keywords

culture, delaying treatment, gender, occlusion-eliminating therapies

 

Authors

  1. Bird, Mark W. BSN, RN
  2. Woods, Amanda G. BSN, RN
  3. Warren, Nancy A. PhD, RN

Abstract

Previous studies have supported the fact that delaying medical attention when suffering an acute myocardial infarction may lead to complications such as cardiac dysrhythmias, congestive heart failure, pericarditis, and rupture of heart structures. Gender and culture are often associated with delayed treatment times, with socioeconomic status as a silent interwoven barrier in seeking treatment. Delaying treatment times for clients suffering an acute myocardial infarction potentially poses a disadvantage for receiving occlusion-eliminating therapies. The purpose of this article is to begin discussion of the effects of delayed treatment outcomes regarding gender, culture, and occlusion-eliminating therapies.