"But the big recommendation is that we need to improve the system of how patients get into one hospital when they are having a heart attack and then get into another hospital, if necessary," Smith said.
The guidelines will be published in the Dec. 1 issues of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation, and the Nov. 18 issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.
Heart attacks and their treatment are explained by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
SOURCES: Sidney C. Smith Jr., M.D., professor, medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Spencer B. King III, M.D., president, St. Joseph's Heart and Vascular Institute, Atlanta; Dec. 1, 2009, Journal of the American College of Cardiology; Dec. 1, 2009, Circulation; Nov. 18, 2009, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions