New Heart Attack EKG Technology Begins with 911

New Heart Attack EKG Technology Begins with 911


[ Sound of heart beating ]>>Hi, I’m Dr. Chad
Rammohan, Medical Director of the Chest Pain Center
at El Camino Hospital. What you’ve just
seen is a simulation of a patient having
a heart attack. While you may have seen
footage like this on TV or in the movies, what you
have not seen is the process that begins behind the scenes
when the patient calls 911. That’s because the treatment of heart attacks has
changed dramatically in the last few years. Centers like ours have a
highly specialized team set up to assess and treat patients
with heart attacks very quickly to abort the heart attack in
ideally less than one hour. Here’s how it happens. After placing that crucial
911 call, the Fire Department or the Emergency Medical
Technicians will arrive on the scene within minutes. Paramedics will take an
immediate assessment, an EKG on the scene to assess if the patient is
having a heart attack. A recent innovation
launched just this year known as LifeNet will transmit the
patient’s EKG from the field to the El Camino
Hospital Emergency Room, which will be immediately read
by an emergency physician, and if a serious heart attack
is suspected, the cardiac team and interventional cardiologist
will be paged to come to the hospital sometimes
before the patient, saving precious time. While the patient is en route
to the emergency room, I, as the on-call interventional
cardiologist, will view the EKG images from
wherever I happen to be – at the hospital, on the road,
at home, or in my office, I can even use my
Smartphone to see them. Within less than 15 minutes
of that initial 911 call, the patient will have
arrived at our hospital where emergency staff will
be waiting at the door ready to assess and treat the patient. Within 30 minutes
after the 911 call, the patient will have been
transferred to the cath lab where a room has already
been set up and prepared for the patient’s arrival. In the cardiac cath lab,
we’ll treat the patient by performing an
emergency angioplasty. We’ll insert a small plastic
tube called a catheter and thread it from the groin up into the patient’s
coronary arteries. This will restore blood
flow to the heart muscle and abort the heart attack. From start to finish, the time for treatment is
less than one hour. How is that possible? The main reason is that our
hospital is a Nationally Credited Chest Pain Center, which means we exceed
all national guidelines and standards for the
treatment of heart attack. Our program starts
with the ambulance, goes to the emergency room, involves the cardiac
catheterization lab all the way through cardiac rehabilitation. And why is time so important? Because time is tissue. If you’re having a heart attack,
the quicker you get treated and blood flow restored,
the more tissue is saved. This translates to
improved patient outcomes, improved quality of
life, and less mortality. So when it comes to heart
attacks, our message is clear – Don’t wait, call 911, get to
an accredited chest pain center like ours, our team will be
ready and waiting for you.

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