Irish Heart Attack Audit

The Irish Heart Attack Audit (IHAA) is clinically led, collecting high quality data on ACS patients admitted to Primary Percutaneous Intervention Centres in Ireland for the purpose of healthcare quality improvement.

Objectives Background

Irish Heart Attack Audit National Report 2017-2020

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency. This report analysed data on 5,629 patients with a serious heart attack, known as a STEMI, over a four-year period, 2017-2020. A key message from the report focuses on the importance of calling 999/112 as soon as someone experiences any symptoms of a heart attack. This ensures that they receive a timely pre-hospital ECG diagnosis of STEMI by ambulance personnel and are then directly transferred to an appropriate PCI centre. Only 37% of patients with a STEMI sought medical help within 60 minutes of onset of their symptoms.

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