Responding to Heart Attacks
90 minutes is the maximum time recommended to get a heart attack patient from the Emergency Department to angioplasty.
|Time to Balloon Measurements
|Most recent Quarter (Jan - May 2011) Median Time to Balloon
|Jan - May 2011 Percentage of heart attack patients with "door to balloon" times of 90 minutes or less
And it's a measure of a hospital's quality called "time to balloon." Because "door to balloon" time is an important measure of a hospital's effectiveness, the federal government tracks it and posts results on its Medicare Compare web site.
Our doctors have performed over 20,000 procedures in our on-site cardiac cath lab. Learn more about procedure volumes at Edward.
The American Heart Association encourages community hospitals to work together so that hospitals without catheterization labs can quickly transport patients to the closest hospital with a cath lab. Patients with heart attack risk factors should know the resources available at their community hospitals and develop an action plan with their doctor.
Every second saves heart muscle and reduces the chance of death. Watch this video to learn more. Or download the article.