When Minutes Count / February Heart Month
WHEN MINUTES COUNT: Trust Your Broken Heart to Us
Before you finish reading the next two paragraphs, someone in the United States will have suffered a heart attack. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a heart attack occurs every 44 seconds and there are roughly 800,000 heart attacks each year in the United States.
Of that amount, about 600,000 are first time heart attacks and the other 200,000 are from people who already had a first heart attack. And, about 20% of patients don’t even know that they’ve had a heart attack. This may have happened to you or someone you know. Boston Emergency Heart Attack Care in Plymouth
Since 2015, cardiology specialists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, have provided Boston-level emergency heart attack care at BID-Plymouth to more than 250 patients from the region. Heart attack patients who would have been transferred to Boston by ambulance or helicopter for an emergency stent procedure can now be assured that they will receive the same level of care by BIDMC cardiology specialists practicing in Plymouth. And, when minutes count for those suffering from a heart attack they are now just minutes away from life-saving care at BID-Plymouth.
“During a heart attack, the first 90 minutes will often determine the quality of a patient’s survival and recovery,” says Dr. Glen Garson, Medical Director, Cardiology, BID-Plymouth. “In the past, Plymouth-area residents would be transported more than 45-minutes to Boston for an emergency stent procedure to relieve artery blockage causing the heart attack. Now, when every minute counts, patients will receive that care at BID-Plymouth by BIDMC cardiology specialists,” adds Garson.
In addition to emergency stent procedures for heart attack patients, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health approved BID-Plymouth for non-emergent and outpatient stent procedures for those who require a stent to relieve an artery blockage that may cause a heart attack.
“Having a well-respected hospital in one’s backyard that is approved for the same type of stent procedures as Boston academic medical centers, and performed by BIDMC specialists, is a major benefit to the community—especially those suffering a heart attack,” says Garson.
To learn more about BID-Plymouth’s emergency cardiology care from a patient’s perspective CLICK HERE.
To learn about heart attack signs/symptoms, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/signs_symptoms.htm.