Hampton, Virginia –Time is muscle. Now Peninsula patients suffering heart attacks can get advanced heart attack treatment at Sentara CarePlex Hospital within minutes.
Ambulances carrying heart attack victims can now shave precious minutes from travel by stopping at Sentara CarePlex Hospital for heart care. Around the clock, board-certified cardiologists at Sentara CarePlex Hospital are standing by to perform life-saving heart catheterizations known as primary angioplasties to open blocked arteries. Previously, patients without life-threatening blockages would have been transferred to another hospital for treatment.
After a heart attack, blocked arteries starve the heart of oxygen, causing permanent heart damage. Within the “golden hour”—the 60 minutes following a heart attack—patients at Sentara CarePlex Hospital will get expert care to re-establish blood flow to the heart that is essential to their recovery.
“This is the gold standard for treating heart attacks,” says Dr. Paul Gibney, assistant medical director of Sentara CarePlex Hospital’s emergency department. “Now our heart attack patients are getting the industry’s best recommended approach for care,” he continued.
Recent findings published by the New England Journal of Medicine confirm that primary angioplasties are the most effective means of treating heart attacks.
“Now, we are opening arteries right away to help patients avoid long-term damage to their hearts,” says Cardiologist Charles M. Vaughan, M.D.
The catheterization laboratory and cardiovascular interventional unit are staffed with specially trained technicians and nurses proficient in diseases affecting the heart.