Emergency Heart Care at Allen Hospital

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Emergency Heart Care

When the flow of blood to the heart is blocked, the old adage is "time is muscle," and delays in treating a heart attack can increase the likelihood and severity of cardiac muscle damage due to oxygen depravity. Allen Hospital has a proven track record of giving patients in critical condition the best, most efficient care as possible.

One way to measure this is door-to-balloon time. Over the past year, the heart care team at Allen has executed a median time of 56 minutes from the time a patient enters the emergency department to the time a catheter guidewire opens the blocked artery in the cardiac cath lab.

For comparison, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guidelines recommend a door-to-balloon interval time of no more than 90 minutes. Furthermore, an impressive 98 percent of patients who submit to Allen Hospital experience a door-to-balloon time less than 90 minutes.

Our Emergency Room physicians and staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They provide excellent emergency treatments to all patients who need immediate heart care and work closely with the cardiologists and cardiac catheterization staff to ensure that patients get immediate attention and are taken to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab as soon as possible. They know that time is muscle so they work fast and efficiently to get the patients to the appropriate care location once the initial care is provided.