Oxygen Use During Myocardial Infarctions, Is it a Waste of Breath?

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In the United States, a heart attack (myocardial infarction) will occur about every 40 seconds. This translates to approximately 790,000 heart attacks per year.1 Oxygen therapy has been a staple of myocardial infarction treatment/management for over 100 years. However, recent research may suggest otherwise. This research suggests that supplemental oxygen could possibly be reducing the demand of the body, and in-turn, reduce coronary blood flow to ischemic tissue. Another factor to consider is whether the route of oxygen delivery effects myocardial infarction outcomes. I conducted a systematic review to further evaluate this conundrum. My research focused on three different forms of oxygen administration: hyperbaric oxygen, oxygen vs. ambient air, and oxygen vs. titrated oxygen therapy in the treatment of myocardial infarctions.

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William Schweinle

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Physician Assistant Studies

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