Together, improve management of myocardial infarction

Each year, about 100,000 people suffer from myocardial infarction in France. Although mortality has significantly decreased since 10 years, 13% of patients still die in the year following the accident. To improve support, health authorities have established a programme of priority actions.

The heart 2007-2010 program aims to further reduce mortality and complications of myocardial infarction by improving the different steps of its support. To do this, many recommendations for action and 30 good clinical practice indicators have been determined. Their development would help to assess the reality of the expected improvement.

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Evocative acute chest pain? Call the 15!
The phase known as acute myocardial infarction, the pain to the proper medical intervention, is a crucial step of the optimization of the support. Indeed, on the 13% of deaths in the first year, 7% are held during this initial stage! But only a quarter of the myocardial infarction have recommended optimal course: 15 (UAS) call and direct transfer in interventional cardiology. Continue reading “Together, improve management of myocardial infarction”

Inform to save lives

125,000 patients annually and nearly 50 000 deaths. For the survivors, serious physical, cognitive or psychological sequelae. Such is the sad record of cerebral vascular accidents in France. However, this disease suffers in Europe and in France of a cruel lack of recognition particularly. Dr. Jacques Boulliat, president of the association stroke, tells us more.

Doctissimo: What are the tasks and milestones of the Association stroke?
Dr. Jacques Boulliat: Our association France stroke was established in 1998. We have set for mission information to the general public as well as professionals. Although strokes are the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability, this disease remains too often unknown to the general public. Our actions are designed to help patients and their families as well as to promote research. We thus organise a wiretapping, public meetings, networking between patients and the families of victims.

Inform to save lives

We are instead antennas departmental in Saône- et -Loire, Isère and Meurthe- et -Moselle. A social service and website should soon see the day. Continue reading “Inform to save lives”

Electronic cigarette: the false good idea?

On the forums, the rumour runs… The electronic cigarette would be the miracle solution to stop smoking! It is suggested by several companies marketing these products. But in turn, the French and the World Health Organization health authorities recommend caution.

The electronic cigarette reproduced the form and the sensations of a classic cigarette. It is inside this small achievement of miniaturization: a battery, a microprocessor, a spray and a cartridge designed to be sprayed and comprising a liquid which may contain nicotine or aromatic substances in food additives or artificial flavours based. At each puff, liquid mixed with the inspired air is released as steam, which reproduced the smoke of a cigarette is inhaled by the user.

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WHO has never endorsed electronic cigarettes
Companies selling electronic cigarettes generally describe these as a way to help smokers to get rid of their dependence on tobacco. Some have even been up to suggest that the world Organization of the health (who) considered this technique as legitimate as Nicotinic substitutes (gum, lozenges and patches to nicotine). Continue reading “Electronic cigarette: the false good idea?”