Uninsured, Underinsured Wait Too Long To Treat Heart Attack Warning Signs

06/14/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • Melissa Healy Los Angeles Times

Patients without health insurance, and those who are insured but fear the cost of medical care, are more likely to delay seeking life-saving treatment when having a heart attack.

For the millions of American adults who don't have health insurance, and those who have it but worry that illness might ruin them financially, the signs of an impending heart attack do not set in motion the kind of rapid, lifesaving response that medical professionals urge, according to a study conducted at 24 urban hospitals across the nation.

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