Research shows the quicker doctors can get a patient’s arteries open and restore blood flow to the heart, the better chance he or she has at surviving a heart attack.
Dr. Josh Fischer of Martha Jefferson Hospital explains the process called door to balloon time. When paramedics realize a patient is having a heart attack, they contact the cardiac catheterization lab and start a process where the entire team jumps to action. We have two interventional cardiologists on call 24/7 that man the Martha Jefferson Hospital lab and we're ready to go at a moment's notice. Reducing the time between the event and when we can open the arteries is crucial in overall health of the patient. We know and research shows that the quicker a blocked artery is open the better chance they have of survival as well as quicker recovery time after the event, etc.