U.S. hospitals set record for quick treatment of blocked arteries

A new report out of the University of Colorado shows that U.S. hospitals have set a record for how quickly they can open blocked arteries after a patient has a heart attack, reports ABC News.

According to the report, more than 93 percent of patients have their arteries opened within 90 minutes of arrival to the hospital.

"It's one of the few things in medicine where time, literally seconds, is of the essence,” said Ajay Kirtane, MD, director of the lab that performs angioplasties at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. “It's where the phrase 'time is muscle' comes from.”

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