Regional Networks in Acute Cardiac Care

DOI: 10.1515/jce-2017-0021


In acute cardiac care, the timely initiation of life-saving measures proved to be life-saving and requires many organizational and logistic measures. One of such measures is represented by the development and implementation of a regional network dedicated for the treatment of major cardiovascular emergencies, a strategy that proved to significantly reduce mortality rates on short and long term. This review aims to describe the current status in the development of regional networks in three of the main cardiovascular emergencies: acute myocardial infarction, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, and acute stroke. The concepts demonstrating the utility of such networks, together with their results in reducing cardiac events, are presented in this paper.