Cardiologists on the staff of United Regional diagnose and treat the following:

Door-To-Balloon Time

Every minute of delay in treating a heart attack increases the likelihood and the amount of cardiac muscle damage due to oxygen deprivation. To help ensure that heart attack patients are treated as quickly as possible, United Regional adopted the standard presented by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to achieve a door-to-balloon time of 90 minutes or less.

Door-to-balloon is the time measured from when a patient enters the emergency room with symptoms of a heart attack to when the patient is in the cardiac catheterization lab and the “balloon” has been inflated in the blocked artery to open it and restore blood flow.

As soon as a patient arrives at our emergency room with heart attack symptoms, caregivers immediately perform an EKG. The EKG is promptly reviewed by the emergency room physician who determines if the patient is experiencing a heart attack. When confirmed, the ER notifies a team made up of catheterization lab staff, a cardiologist, respiratory technologist, security and the nursing house supervisor. The patient is quickly taken to the catheterization lab and prepared for the balloon procedure.

This year, United Regional’s average door-to-balloon time is 59 minutes, significantly less than the American Heart Association’s guidelines, which provide for a door-to-balloon time of 90 minutes. Additionally, United Regional is meeting the 90-minute door-to-balloon time in 100% of heart attack cases.

To learn more about heart attack warning signs for men and women, click here.