Dr. Kenneth Zelnick Discusses Heart Attack Intervention at Westside Hospital

Dr. Kenneth Zelnick Discusses Heart Attack Intervention at Westside Hospital


– ST is a term to describe
a portion of the EKG. It’s a portion of the EKG
that defines how electricity is traveling throughout the heart. And generally the STs are
what we would call isoelectric or on a flat line with
the rest of the EKG. When the heart is experiencing
injury or a blockage from a heart vessel, that
injury is reflected in a raising of those ST segments and
that is the way we are able to quickly identify that a
person is having a heart attack. In the setting of an ST segment
elevation, heart attack, time is of the essence
and that time is measured by the ability to get to the hospital and get blood flow
reestablished to the heart. There are hospitals in the
area that have the ability to do on-site intervention,
which is the ability to take you to a cath
lab and open that vessel, and even within that there are hospitals that have better door to
bloom times than others. At Westside we have really strived to beat the national
average which is 90 minutes to get our ST elevation
MI time under 60 minutes and we’ve been able to average in the 50s for at least a year now.