Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans.
Every 43 seconds in the United States according to the American Heart Association, someone has a heart attack.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year.
Southside EMS paramedics can diagnose a heart attack once the patient is in the ambulance.
National recognition for a local heart hospital but, what’s more, important is how they’re helping save lives.
Waiting to take charge, emergency room doctors, and nurses at the heart hospital -St. Joseph’s Candler. The hospital just received the American College of Cardiology 2015 platinum achievement award for cardiac care.
Emergency Room Director, Dr. Jeff Kinney calls good training and patient’s calling for help critical.
Dr. Babcock says heart attack patients are at high risk, so after surgery they are educated on how to protect themselves.
Now, about the performance achievement award the heart center received- all agree it would not be possible had they not met specific guidelines by the American College of Cardiology.
I’m told employees are evaluated after every heart attack case because quality care around the clock matters.