February Is National Heart Month
Top Response Time for Heart Attack Receiving Center at Henry Mayo
From January to June of 2016 Henry Mayo had the fastest average “door-to-balloon” time out of all 36 STEMI* Receiving Centers (SRCs) in Los Angeles County. Door-to-balloon time is the time elapsed from the moment the patient arrives in the Emergency Department to the moment a balloon is inserted in the patient’s blocked artery to re-establish blood flow.
A fast door-to-balloon time is critical because “time is muscle,” meaning that the sooner blood flow is re-established, the less permanent damage is sustained by the heart.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital was designated an SRC by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services agency in December 2013. Since then, members of the Henry Mayo SRC team have dedicated themselves to providing the Santa Clarita Valley with the very best in heart care. IYH
Know the Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Heart attack symptoms can include uncomfortable pressure or pain in the center of the chest; discomfort in other upper body areas such as in the arms, back, jaw, or stomach; and shortness of breath.
Approximately 5-10 percent of patients who have severe chest pain suffer from a STEMI.
To learn more about Henry Mayo’s cardiovascular services, visit henrymayo.com. IYH
Go Red for Women
According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 44 million women in the United States are affected by cardiovascular diseases. The good news is 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events can be prevented with education and action.
The Go Red for Women campaign funds research on women’s heart disease and stroke, and also provides tips on healthy diet, exercise and risk factor reduction, such as smoking cessation, weight maintenance, and blood pressure and cholesterol management. Visit americanheart.org or call (888) MY-HEART to receive information and a red dress pin. IYH
*STEMI stands for ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction. It is the most severe form of a heart attack.