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Heart attack patients must receive quick, effective medical treatment if they are to have the greatest chance of survival. But what is the best way to ensure that each heart attack patient gets the right care as soon as possible?
National experts in the triage, transport and care of cardiac patients will discuss this issue at a May 30 conference in
The conference is sponsored by the Cardiovascular Health Advisory Panel of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, the American Heart Association, the New Jersey Chapter of the
"We are committed to making New Jersey a leader in treating people with acute heart attack, said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D. “Over the years, the Department expanded the number of hospitals that can provide emergency angioplasty – a life-saving treatment used to open blocked coronary arteries in people having heart attacks.
“Now, it’s time to take a closer look at the best available techniques for reducing the time from first heart attack symptoms to delivery of angioplasty. This conference will give everyone involved in patient triage, transport and care an opportunity to learn from the experts,” he added.
During angioplasty, a tiny catheter with a balloon on the end is inserted into the patient’s artery and advanced to the blocked coronary artery running on the surface of the heart. The balloon is then inflated, pushing the obstruction out of the way and opening the artery.
Most states regulate the procedure, which must be done in a specially equipped catheterization lab in a hospital. DHSS licenses 42
The State of
The executive director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems is a featured speaker at the conference. Robert Bass, M.D. will discuss the ideal emergency medical response system for heart attack patients, the best pre-hospital and emergency department practices, and strategies for triaging patients.
Harlan Krumholz, M.D, professor of medicine and epidemiology at
Other featured speakers are:
William Tansey, M.D., a member of the Commissioner’s Cardiovascular Health Advisory Panel, will serve as moderator. Commissioner Jacobs will give opening remarks for the conference.
Cardiologists and emergency department physicians, paramedics and other emergency medical services workers, hospital officials, and those interested in health care policy are invited to attend the conference. Continuing medical education credits are available.
To pre-register, call 609-223-3733 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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