Heart attack symptoms? Seek treatment quick!

Everyone knows time is of the essence in a medical emergency. Now, there's a new push to get heart attack patients help even faster.

November 9, 2010 7:00:58 PM PST
A new study serves as a reminder that seeking treatment for heart attack symptoms quickly could save your life.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that many people with chest discomfort, shortness of breath and other heart attack signs delay going to the hospital for hours.

The researchers say half of all heart attack deaths happen within one hour, but the average patient waits more than 2 1/2 hours to get to the hospital.

11% percent of patients in the study waited more than 12 hours.