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1. Early Detection is Key
You have more treatment options when cardiovascular disease is detected early. Medication as well as noninvasive and minimally invasive techniques can be used in many cases when a cardiovascular problem is detected early. With the only comprehensive cardiac program in the region, AtlantiCare can provide every level of care, including diagnosis, intervention, and minimally invasive and open-heart surgery, if surgery is called for.
2. Ambulance is Best
If you think you’re having a heart attack, going to the hospital by ambulance rather than by car improves your chances for a successful recovery. An ambulance is essentially a “hospital on wheels,” staffed by experts who can assess your condition, communicate with the hospital, and start potentially life-saving treatment before you even reach the Emergency Department. In light of ARMC’s capabilities, the Department of Health and Senior Services has designated ARMC as the only hospital in the region to which professional ambulance crews should take patients for emergency treatment of a heart attack caused by a completely blocked artery.
3. Quality Care Matters
Door-to-balloon time* is an important indicator of a hospital’s ability to stop a heart attack in progress, saving heart muscle and saving lives. The faster the interventional cardiologist can inflate the balloon catheter and unclog a blocked artery, the faster oxygen-rich blood can once again flow freely, minimizing heart damage.
Last year, ARMC’s Mainland Campus averaged a door-to-balloon time of 79.6 minutes and a median of 61 minutes, significantly faster than the 90-minute goal set by the American College of Cardiology Door-to-Balloon (D2B) Collaborative. Time saved is heart muscle saved.
*Door-to-balloon time is the amount of time between coming through the doors of the Emergency Department and having a balloon catheter inflated inside the blocked artery to open it.