Original ArticleFactors Influencing Treatment Delays for Acute Myocardial InfarctionBird, Mark W. BSN, RN; Woods, Amanda G. BSN, RN; Warren, Nancy A. PhD, RNAuthor Information Emergency Department, Sacred Heart Medical Center – University District, Eugene, Oregon (Mr Bird); Emergency Department, Jackson Madison County General Hospital, Jackson, Tennessee (Ms Woods); and University of Tennessee at Martin (Dr Warren). Corresponding Author: Mark W. Bird, BSN, RN, Emergency Department, Sacred Heart Medical Center – University District, 1255 Hilyard St, Eugene, OR 97401. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: January 2009 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 19-23 doi: 10.1097/01.CNQ.0000343130.89200.57 Buy Metrics Abstract Previous studies have supported the fact that delaying medical attention when suffering an acute myocardial infarction may lead to complications such as cardiac dysrhythmias, congestive heart failure, pericarditis, and rupture of heart structures. Gender and culture are often associated with delayed treatment times, with socioeconomic status as a silent interwoven barrier in seeking treatment. Delaying treatment times for clients suffering an acute myocardial infarction potentially poses a disadvantage for receiving occlusion-eliminating therapies. The purpose of this article is to begin discussion of the effects of delayed treatment outcomes regarding gender, culture, and occlusion-eliminating therapies. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.